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Assessing Your Gout Treatment Plan

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Managing the Pain

There's no doubt that pain management is an important part of an overall gout treatment plan…especially when you're in the middle of a gout attack! Luckily, there are a lot of options when it comes to managing gout pain. To treat the pain from attacks, your healthcare professional's recommendations are likely to include common pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, such as:

  • NSAIDs (Examples: indomethacin, naproxen, Aleve® and Advil®)*
  • Colchicine
  • Steroids (Example: prednisone)

It may be easy to forget that you have gout between painful attacks, but you do! So you'll still need to think about a comprehensive gout treatment plan. Pain medication can help relieve your immediate pain, reduce swelling, and may shorten the duration of the attack…but it doesn't address the high uric acid that actually causes gout to begin with.

Be sure to stay in contact with your healthcare professional on an ongoing basis…especially if you're still experiencing gout flares. If you don't mention your continuing flares, he or she may assume you're not having any!

Managing Gout Long Term

Decreasing your uric acid to the recommended target level (less than 6 mg/dL) is the goal for managing gout over the long term. You'll need to talk with your healthcare professional about important steps you can take to get there. Remember, over time high uric acid can lead to attacks that are more severe, last longer, and occur more often.

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