There are different kinds of gout medicine available in the market today. This article is geared towards helping you get a clear idea on the drugs for gout you are taking so you will know what you are putting in your system.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs reduce the inflammation in affected areas. It works by blocking the proteins and enzymes made by the body that makes the inflammation or bleeding worse. However, aspirin should not be taken as a medicine for gout because it can affect the amount of uric acid in the bloodstream and make the condition worse.
Do not take NSAIDs without prescription. NSAIDs can worsen your other sicknesses, such as ulcer, anemia, bleeding, high blood pressure, and kidney, liver or heart disease.
Colchicine can be used as a short-term or long-term medicine for gout. It works by preventing inflammation brought by uric acid crystals. While it does not lower the amount of uric acid in your system, it reduces the chance of attacks. Side effects include nausea, diarrhea, kidney and liver problems, and bone marrow complications.
Corticosteroids are only prescribed when the gout sufferer fails to respond to NSAIDs and colchicine, or may experience adverse effects when taking the other kinds medicines for gout. People who cannot take NSAIDs and colchicines and are given corticosteroids include those who have, experienced, or are prone to chronic kidney failure, heart failure, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Corticosteroids are particularly effective gout treatments if only one limb is affected. If multiple joints are involved, these can be applied intravenously.
Corticosteroids are not recommended for long term use as gout medicines because of its side effects, which include, but are not limited to mood swings, weight gain, fluid retention, difficulty of wound healing, increased risk of infection, high blood pressure, acne, glaucoma, cataracts, and osteoporosis.
These are long-term gout medicine designed to help the kidneys remove the uric acid from the body. It lowers the amount of uric acid in your body as well as prevents attacks from recurring. Its possible side effects include headaches, rashes, and kidney and stomach problems.
This is another long-term medication which serves to decrease the body’s production of uric acid. It works by preventing the release of xanthine oxidase, a substance that helps the system create uric acid. Possible side effects are skin rashes, liver inflammation, and bone marrow complications.
It is imperative that you consult with a doctor before you take gout medicine so you will know what the best option is, as well as to prevent your condition from worsening.