Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What is the treatment of a gouty attack?

Initial treatment for a gouty attack is usually with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). These medications, such as over the counter Motrin, or more potent prescription versions, are not always well tolerated by some patients. In those who cannot use NSAIDs, a steroid medication can also be used, either injected or oral. Another medication, colchicine, is very effective in the immediate treatment of a gouty attack, but often causes nausea and stomach upset, so many patients do not tolerate this drug. Future attacks of gout can be prevented by taking a medication called allopurinol. This medication is started after the gout attack has ended (usually after a few days).

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