Gout is a lifelong condition that you’ll have to manage every day. Aside from making lifestyle changes, like following a low purine diet and exercising regularly, you will also need to take certain medications. Thankfully, there are a host of treatment options to choose from.
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What you take will depend on your situation. Your doctor will assess the severity of your gout condition and prescribe you the appropriate treatment to help effectively manage your uric acid levels, as well as the pain when a gout attack does happens.
Curious to know what these treatments are? Keep reading as we discuss the most effective treatments for gout.
Treatment for a Gout Attack
First let’s talk about treatments for a gout attack since this is most likely how you found out you have the condition.
During a gout attack, the affected joint becomes inflamed and sensitive to touch. To treat this, you need to take an NSAID such as Ibuprofen to help relieve the pain. This will be taken four times every day until the pain subsides.
There are also other NSAIDs you can take for a gout attack, such as Indomethacin, Etoricoxib, and Naproxe. Be sure to speak with your doctor ahead of time about what your NSAID options since certain varieties are not allowed for gout.