About Treatment

There are two categories for gout treatment: One is used short-term to relieve the intense inflammation and pain of the gout attack. The other is a daily medicine, taken long-term, to lower uric acid levels to prevent future attacks.

Approach 1: Gout Attack Relief

If you are in the middle of an attack, your doctor will emphasize a short-term approach that focuses on quickly reducing pain and inflammation.

Get Relief from a gout attack! Learn about:

1. Why gout attacks are painful
2. What to do when you have a gout attack

Approach 2: The Long-Term Tackle

After your first attack is over, it’s time to talk to your doctor about an overall gout management plan aimed at preventing future attacks and other long-term risks of uncontrolled gout.

To get your gout under control, your doctor may prescribe a combination of daily, long-term uric acid-lowering medication as well as lifestyle measures that include healthy eating, weight loss (if needed) and regular physical activity.

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Why You Want a Long-term Plan

Gout attacks are terribly painful, so you probably want to prevent another one. But there are plenty of good reasons to get a management plan – and stick to it. Uncontrolled gout can lead to repeated, frequent attacks, ongoing joint destruction and tophi (lumps of uric acid that form under skin). Advanced gout is a chronic stage of constant pain with often-unsightly tophi and mobility-limiting joint damage that can prevent people from doing what they need and like to do. At that stage, some cases of gout can be difficult to treat.

Pro Tip: Include Heart Health in Your Long-Term Plan

The smartest plans also cover ways to improve heart health, because people with gout are at high risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke.

Next Steps

It’s important to know what steps you need to take now to prevent gout from progressing—and even more important to stick to it over the long run.

Tackle Gout! Learn about:

1. Your Long-Term Health
2. Preventing Attacks