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Treatments for Gout

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There is no cure for gout, but most symptoms and attacks can be managed with a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. The earlier gout is detected and treated, the better it can be controlled.

The goals of treatment for gout include:

  • Managing symptoms of an acute attack
  • Decreasing the risk of recurrence by managing uric acid levels
  • Preventing complications, such as joint or kidney damage, which can occur with recurrent attacks

Treatment options can vary by individual. Working with a healthcare team is important to help find the treatments that works best for each person.

Treatment may include the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapiesOther treatments

Revision Information

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  • Gout. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Gout/default.asp. Updated April 2016. Accessed February 24, 2017.

  • Gout management—prevention of recurrent attacks. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T474277/Gout-management-prevention-of-recurrent-attacks. Updated November 4, 2016. Accessed February 24, 2017.

  • Gout management—treatment of acute attack. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T474276/Gout-management-treatment-of-acute-attack. Updated October 13, 2014. Accessed February 24, 2017.

  • Gout treatment. Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/gout/treatment.php. Accessed February 24, 2017.