Gout is a painful form of arthritis that typically attacks the big toe. Other joints affected include foot, ankle, knee, hand and elbow joints. The onset of gout is usually sudden, causing intense pain, redness and inflammation from the build up of urate crystals within the joint.
To treat an attack of gout your doctor usually will begin by prescribing a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as naproxen.
If naproxen does not work for you your doctor may suggest an oral corticosteroid or a steroid that is injected directly into the affected joint. Colchicine may also be tried.
Finally if attacks are becoming frequent you may need to take a preventative medicine daily to lower uric acid levels. Examples include allopurinol (Aloprim, Zyloprim) or febuxostat (Uloric) or Probenecid.
If naproxen is not working or you are requiring it more often you are best to discuss your treatment options with your doctor.
For more information visit : https://www.drugs.com/health-guide/gout.html
- Naproxen Information for Consumers
- Naproxen Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Naproxen (detailed)
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