Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be recommended to treat gout attacks and prevent future attacks. Ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, indomethacin, and celecoxib are some of the most common for gout treatment. Typically, patients take a higher dose to manage symptoms during an attack. A lower dose is taken daily to reduce the risk of future episodes. Patients may need to try several different anti-inflammatory medications to find one that is effective for their needs.
Since these medications can cause abdominal pain, fluid retention, stomach ulcers, and increased blood pressure, patients may need to be closely monitored when taking them. Some individuals could experience dizziness or difficulty with concentration while taking this medicine. Patients should let their doctor know immediately if they develop blurry vision, fatigue, sensitivity to light, difficulty urinating, or pain in the middle of the back during treatment. Adjusting the dose or switching to a different anti-inflammatory medication could help with managing or eliminating side effects. Patients with pre-existing kidney issues may be advised to avoid the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
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