She's been put on naproxen for the 3rd time but only for a week. It seems that as she comes off them the gout attack comes back. She doesn't drink alcohol & doesn't eat offal see food etc. Can this tablet help? Thank you
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 your doctor usually will begin by prescribing a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as naproxen.
If this does not work your doctor may try a corticosteroid like prednisone. The usual dose of prednisone for an acute attack is 30 to 50mg once daily, or in two divided doses until the attack begins to subside and then the dose is tapered over 7 to 10 days.
If attacks continue your mother may be given drugs to reduce uric acid in the body. Allopurinol (Aloprim, Zyloprim) or febuxostat (Uloric) all reduce uric acid production. Or probenecid which makes your kidneys excrete more uric than usual.
For more information see: https://www.drugs.com/health-guide/gout.html
My 80 year old father has flare-ups and they prescribe prednisone for about 5 days to a week. It helps him a lot. Once when he could not walk at all, I had EMS take him to ER and he walked well the next day. They gave him 2 shots and sent him home with 2 prescriptions. One was for prednisone and the other one was a powerful NSAID. The NSAID was taken for only 3 days and the prednisone for five days.
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