How do medications treat gout?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and colchicine treat pain and swelling of the joints. Taken daily, these drugs can help reduce the regularity and intensity of future flare ups. Medications can also be used to lower levels of uric acid in the blood.

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