Medicine For Gout
People either swear by medicine for gout or they don’t. Any which way you need to know about them! Gout medicines are concerned with one thing only:
There are basically two approaches to treating gout in western scientific thinking and those are:
Short-term medicine for gout – (reacting to a gout attack as it happens)
Long-term medicine for gout- (altering your body’s natural way of working by taking pharmaceuticals daily.)
I must stress here that the medications that you use for gout can be extremely effective.
often they don’t work as expected. Then the mind-set is often just to increase the amount of gout medicine you take. This is never a wise idea. Let’s take a look at the differences between short-term and long-term medicine for gout.
Short-term medicine for gout
Short-term medicine for gout relieves pain and reduces inflammation during an acute attack.These medicines may include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, indomethacin, or naproxen.
- Corticosteroids, may be given in pills or as a shot for cases of gout that don’t respond to NSAIDs or colchicines.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs vary in their potency and effectiveness but also as a way that they are metabolized by your body. They place a heavy strain on your kidneys. With gout you want all of your kidney’s power focused on eliminating uric acid, not pharmaceuticals! There is a definite window of effectiveness for NSAIDs during a gout attack. If taken at the wrong time they can prolong an attack and hinder recovery.
Colchicine is the main medicine for gout used for short-term attempts to reduce gout pain.
It is hard on the liver and should be taken only as directed by your doctor.
If treatment is started right away, relief from symptoms CAN occur. However, the longer you leave it to begin taking the colchicine, the less effective it will be. Also colchicine overdose should be a real concern for any gout sufferer. This medicine for gout is only effective when it is almost at the lethal dose!
So it should be taken only as directed by your physician.
Corticosteroids are a type of steroid sometimes used as a medicine for gout. They are used to treat severe gout attacks only as a last resort in people that:
- do not respond to any other medicine for gout
- cannot take or tolerate an NSAID or colchicine
A short course of steroid tablets often provides relief,but should never be used long-term in high doses. They cause problems such as:
- weight gain
- thinning of the bones (osteoporosis)
- muscle weakness
- increased vulnerability to infection
Corticosteroids may not be suitable for you if you have:
- impaired kidney function (most gout sufferers do!)
- impaired liver function
- heart failure
Corticosteroids may also be given by injection, either into muscle or directly into the affected joint. This often provides rapid pain relief.
If you end up taking corticosteroids for your gout, your future health does not look good. You should seriously consider learning how to remove gout from your life for good.
Do not take aspirin!
Aspirin should never be used to relieve pain during a gout attack. Aspirin changes uric acid levels in the blood and makes the attack worse!
Long-term Medicine For Gout
Long-term treatment uses medicine for gout to lower uric acid levels in the blood. This can (nothing is definite!) reduce how often you have gout attacks and how severe they are. These medicines may include:
- Uricosuric agents. This type of medicine for gout increases elimination of uric acid by your kidneys.
- Xanthine oxidase inhibitors, these decrease production of uric acid by your body.
- Colchicine, to prevent flare-ups during the first months that you are taking medicines that lower uric acid.
- Pegloticase (Krystexxa). This medicine is for gout that has lasted a long time and hasn’t responded to other treatment.
Allopurinol is the main medicine for gout prescribed for long-term use. It is designed to decrease your body’s production of uric acid.
If your doctor prescribes medicine for gout to lower your uric acid levels, be sure to take it as directed. Most people will continue to take this medicine every day for the rest of their lives.
The problem with any long-term medicine for gout is that getting on and coming off it can be very painful. This is because they mess with your uric acid levels and this may cause a gout attack!
- If you’re taking one of these medicines, continue to take the medicine during the attack.
- If you have any long-term medicine for gout but have not been taking it, do not start taking the medicine during an attack.
- Starting these medicines while you are having a gout attack can make your attack much worse.
If you are taking medicine for gout it means that you really don’t understand gout at all and will always be a victim of it.
All pharmaceutical drugs are very potent to your body and while some do create change in your body, the majority are actually doing more long term damage than they are good.
The effectiveness of any medicine for gout differs and the short-term medications do not work consistently from one gout attack to another
If you want to keep a medicine for gout like colchicine in stock just in case you get a MONSTER gout attack, then keep them frozen.
That way it’ll last longer! I’ve had a box of colchicine sitting in the icebox for a couple of years now!
The only way to kick gout out is to educate yourself on the real cause of it. From there you have power to be gout free.
If you’re on a long term medicine for gout it means that you’re thinking like a victim and that is a bad place to be.
If you are having a gout attack right now and the meds you are on aren’t working then I suggest you take a look at my best selling eBook; Stop Your Gout Pain Now. It has step by step instructions on how to knock gout out fast usually in 4 hours or less!