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Treatments for Gout

There is no cure for gout, but most symptoms and attacks can be managed with a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. The earlier gout is detected and treated, the better it can be controlled.

The goals of treatment for gout include:

  • Managing symptoms of an acute attack
  • Decreasing the risk of recurrence by managing uric acid levels
  • Preventing complications, such as joint or kidney damage, which can occur with recurrent attacks

Treatment options can vary by individual. Working with a healthcare team is important to help find the treatments that works best for each person.

Treatment may include the following:

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References:

Gout. American College of Rheumatology website. Available at:
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Gout. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Gout/default.asp. Updated April 2016. Accessed February 24, 2017.
Gout management—prevention of recurrent attacks. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated November 4, 2016. Accessed February 24, 2017.
Gout management—treatment of acute attack. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated October 13, 2014. Accessed February 24, 2017.
Gout treatment. Arthritis Foundation website. Available at:
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Accessed February 24, 2017.
Last reviewed February 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 3/15/2015

 

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