Treatment for gout usually involves medications. What medications you and your doctor choose will be based on your current health and your own preferences.Gout medications can be used to treat acute attacks and prevent future attacks. Medications can also reduce your risk of complications from gout, such as the development of tophi from urate crystal deposits.
Drugs used to treat acute attacks and prevent future attacks include:
Your doctor may prescribe a higher dose to stop an acute attack, followed by a lower daily dose to prevent future attacks.NSAIDs carry risks of stomach pain, bleeding and ulcers.
After an acute gout attack resolves, your doctor may prescribe a low daily dose of colchicine to prevent future attacks.
Corticosteroids are generally used only in people with gout who can't take either NSAIDs or colchicine. Side effects of corticosteroids may include mood changes, increased blood sugar levels and elevated blood pressure.