Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Daily Medicine Lowers Risk of Future Attacks of Gout

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Daily Medicine Lowers Risk of Future Attacks of Gout

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Dear Doctor K: I have had three attacks of gout in the past year. I never had it before. Now my doctor wants me to take a medicine every day, even though I feel fine. Is this a good idea?

Dear Reader: There are two types of treatment for gout. To treat the pain of an acute attack, anti-inflammatory medicines are necessary. They quell the inflammation in the joint and ease the pain.

However, when people have repeated attacks, they also need to take a medicine that lowers the blood levels of uric acid. I'll bet that's the treatment your doctor wants you to start.

Lowering the blood levels of uric acid reduces the risk of future attacks of gout. So, as with many treatments, you're aiming to reduce your risk of future suffering.

It is easy to tell if the treatment is working: Checking levels of uric acid requires just a simple blood test. …

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