Gout Treatment Options

"No anatomist ever discovered a system of organization, calculated to produce pain and disease; or, in explaining the parts of the human body, ever said, this is to irritate; this is to inflame; this duct is to convey the gravel to the kidneys; this gland to secrete the humour which forms the gout: if by chance he come at a part of which he knows not the use, the most he can say is, that it is useless; no one ever suspects that it is put there to incommode, to annoy, or torment."

— William Paley
The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (1785), Vol. 1, 79.


Uric acid is a waste product that accumulates in the body when either the uric acid production increases, or, more often, the kidneys are not able to remove the uric acid from the body fast enough.  Excess uric acid may deposit, in the form of tiny sharp crystals, in a single joint, which may cause an intense episode of painful swelling.  Over time, chronic increased uric acid levels may lead to deposits of these crystals in and around many joints in the body and even in the kidneys.  This process may lead to bouts of painful gout attacks, chronic arthritis and multiple kidney stones.

Presently, we have two different types of medications used to treat patients with gout.  The first medication works to help relieve the pain of an acute attack by blocking a portion of the inflammatory process, thereby relieving the pain.  The second category of medications reduce the production of uric acid by inhibiting the biochemical reactions immediately preceding its formation.

To learn more about the medications used to treat gout, please visit the medication counseling page of AudibleRx and listen to the Patient Medication Information about these medications.


Gout meds medication counseling page.


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