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. Prednisone is used to treat an acute attack of gout by helping to reduce pain and inflammation. The earlier prednisone is given in an attack the more quickly the attack can be controlled. The starting dose is usually around 30 to 50mg once daily or in divided doses until the flare begins to subside and then the dose is tapered down, usually after 7 to 10 days.
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
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