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Medications for Gouty Arthritis

by Anna Aronson, eHow Contributor

Gouty arthritis, or simply gout, is a type of arthritis that develops because of a buildup of uric acid in the blood. Normally, uric acid is dissolved in the blood and then later flushed from the body via the kidneys. When gout develops, it causes red, swollen and painful joints. Gout can affect any joint, but it is most common in the big toe. Gout often strikes in the middle of the night and can make sleeping very difficult. Anyone can develop gouty arthritis, but it is more common in men than women. Heavy drinking can also increase your likelihood of developing the condition.

  1. NSAIDs

    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are often used to treat gout. NSAIDs reduce inflammation, which is what causes pain in people with gouty arthritis. Common over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen are NSAIDs. Stronger versions are also available by prescription. Because they are known to increase the risk of developing stomach pain or bleeding, NSAIDs are not safe for all people with gout.

    Colchicine

    • Colchicine is another medication that can help manage the pain and inflammation from a gouty arthritis flareup. However, because colchicine can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, it is generally given only to patients who cannot take NSAIDs.

    Steriods

    • Another treatment option for people with gout is steroids, most commonly corticosteroids such as prednisone. Steroids can be given as a pill or as an injection directly into the affected joint. Because steroids can cause serious side effects such as thinning bones and a decreased ability to fight off infections, they are generally prescribed only for patients who cannot take colchicine or NSAIDs.

    Probenecid

    • Probenecid is a prescription medication that can be given to people suffering from gout to help the body more effectively flush out uric acid. When taking probenecid, the kidneys are better able to remove uric acid and excrete it in the urine, which will then reduce the bothersome symptoms of gouty arthritis.

    Allopurinol

    • In some cases, people who suffer from gout may be prescribed allopurinol to limit the amount of uric acid the body produces, which can help prevent gout attacks. Allopurinol is a generic medication. It is also available as the brand-name drugs Aloprim and Zyloprim.

    Anna Aronson

    Anna Aronson began working as a journalist in 2000 and spent six years at suburban Chicago newspapers before pursuing freelance work. She enjoys writing about health care topics, in particular obstetrics, pediatrics and nutrition. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and is now studying for a Master of Science in medicine degree to become a physician's assistant.

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