One way of reducing the discomfort that gout brings is through taking a medication for gout. These medications are not only helpful in relieving the pain during gout attacks but also helps prevent recurring attacks. Some of the medications for gout can also aim high uric acid levels in the blood which is a condition called as hyperuricemia.
It is better to consult your doctor to successfully treat this condition than alleviating its symptoms by self-medication. Some tests will be performed to find out the uric acid level in the sufferer’s body. This may include taking a fluid sample from the affected area or a urine test. Once that gout is determined, the medications or therapy that will be used to treat the condition will be discussed. Some of the usual medications that are used to treat gout include Colchicine, NSAIDs and corticosteroids.
Colchicine has been known since 1800s. This medication can significantly relieve pain as well as reduce swelling and prevent future gout attacks. However, the use of medication can also cause some side effects like nausea, diarrhea and vomiting even when only used for a short period of time.
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are taken orally and helps reduce the swelling in the affected areas as well as reduce pain. This medication also blocks the prostaglandin production, the substance that is responsible for causing pain and inflammation. Initially, this is administered in high doses as long as the symptoms of gout last and may also continue for at least three more days once the symptoms of the condition have already subsided.
It is also important to note that while this medication is effective in alleviating joint inflammation caused by the uric acid crystals, NSAIDs do not reduce the uric acid amount in the body and will not get rid of uric acid itself.
If the patient cannot tolerate the NSAIDs or does not respond to it, corticosteroids may be recommended to the sufferer. This is also an anti-inflammatory medication and can provide immediate relief if it will be injected directly into the affected joint. However, this medication cannot be used daily as it can result in weakening of the cartilage and promote joint deterioration.
Watching for the side effects of gout medications is also significant to consider. You can also speak to your doctor about the medication for gout that you may use for your condition.