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Medications for gout are given to treat, control and prevent gout attacks. Gout is one of the most painful types of arthritis and is caused by uric acid crystals deposited in the body's joints. Both lifestyle changes and medications can help to decrease uric acid levels.
A list of gout medicines for acute gout attacks and long term uric acid control can have side affects. Taking Zyloprim decreases uric acid levels, however it can be dangerous with certain other medications. Your physician will need to know all medications you are taking, including over the counter medications.
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Prescription Medications for Gout
Prescription medications for gout may provide relief but can cause side effects such as stomach pain, bleeding and ulcers. Once the acute attack is under control, your physician may suggest preventative treatment to increase the rate at which your body excretes uric acid.
Drugs called xanthine oxidase inhibitors include Allopurinol and febuxostat. These limit the amount of uric acid the body makes.
Probenecid is a uricosuric drug that acts on the kidneys to help the body eliminate uric acid.
Corticosteroids such as prednisone are generally given by mouth and tapered off over a two week period. Corticosteroids can also be injected into the swollen joints.
Uloric reduces the production of uric acid in the body.
Zyloprim is used to treat high levels of uric acid.
Benemid lowers the levels of uric acid in the body.
Krystexxa is used to reduce the signs and symptoms of gout that are not controlled by other treatments.
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Over the Counter Medications
Ibuprofen and naproxen are anti-inflammatory drugs which help relieve both the pain and inflammation of gout.
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Natural Medications for Gout
Natural gout treatments such as Urcinol, Goutwell, Uricinex, Goutrex, Gout Care, Puricil and burdock do not require a prescription and are generally considered safe with no or minimal side effects.
Urcinol, a natural herbal based supplement helps to reduce pain and reduces uric acid levels.
Goutwell is an herbal supplement that optimizes uric acid metabolism, reduces pain and inflammation and improves blood circulation.
Uricinex addresses redness and swelling of the effected joint while balancing uric acid levels.
Goutrex is an all natural supplement used in treating high uric acid levels, while reducing pain and swelling.
Gout Care is a natural herb blend that controls over production of uric acid so as to ward off future attacks of gout.
Puricil is a botanical blend of all natural ingredients that work to relieve stiffness, inflammation, swelling and intense pain associated with gout, while keeping future attacks at a minimum. Puricil stimulates digestion, breaks down foods and also eliminates uric acid and other potent toxins.
Burdock root powder helps to remove toxins through sweat glands. It is used for arthritic conditions to reduce joint swelling.
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Vitamins and Minerals for Gout
Vitamins and minerals for gout will not only help alleviate the symptoms of gout, they will also help to improve the disbursement of uric acid from the body.
Vitamin C helps to reduce uric acid levels.
Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties.
Potassium, B-complex and calcium help to excrete uric acid from the body.
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Of course, there are many different medications and treatment options. It is very important to get a proper diagnosis before treatment.
Always consult with your physician for testing and a treatment plan suited for you. This information will help you to be informed before speaking with your physician, then together it can help you to come to an informed decision.
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Healthy Food and Living: http://healthyfoodandliving.com/2010/03/08/managing-gout-with-diet/
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