What are the most common side effects of medications used to treat gout?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Some medications used to treat gout have the following side effects:
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): stomach aches, high blood pressure, bleeding, sodium retention, increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Colchicine: diarrhea, decreased blood cell production in the bone marrow, pain and weakness in the muscles
  • Corticosteroids: sodium retention, high blood pressure, inflammation, general discomfort.

Discussing side effects with your doctor can help you find an effective treatment plan for your gout.

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