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Gout - Overview
Gout is a metabolic condition in which certain joints which become red or painful. People who might need gout medication can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe gout treatment when appropriate to do so.
What Is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis that is characterized by inflammation, tenderness, swelling, and / or redness of joints. Gout symptoms can be found all around the body but commonly gout in the foot and the big toe are where gout pain and redness occur. Gout in the knee and ankle can also occur.
What Causes Gout?
Gout is caused by high levels of a metabolite known as uric acid in the blood - a condition known as hyperuricemia. When uric acid levels are high, they can form monosodium urate (MSU) crystals that deposit into tissues and joints, leading to symptoms. Gout can be the result of certain types of diets (i.e. consuming alcohol or purine-rich foods) as well as genetic factors. Older age, the use of certain medications, and male sex have also been associated with an increased risk of gout.
Medications used in gout treatment are both available over the counter (OTC) and by prescription. Many types of gout treatment medications fall within classes of medications known as NSAIDs and steroids. Examples of prescription gout medications:
- Allopurinol (Zyloprim)
- Colchicine (Colcrys, Mitigare)
- Febuxostat (Uloric)
- Indomethacin (Indocin)
Prescription medications used for treating gout can cause side effects, including nausea, upset stomach, and diarrhea. Infrequently, blood disorders and kidney problems can occur while using prescription medications for gout treatment. Dizziness and fatigue can also occur while using medications to treat gout symptoms.
For people experiencing recurring gout symptoms, learning how to prevent gout flare ups from occurring can be helpful for lifestyle improvements. The main goal of gout treatment over the long term is lowering urate levels in the serum. Lifestyle changes that can help reduce the incidence of gout symptoms include dietary changes. Foods to avoid with gout symptoms include high fructose corn syrup, alcohol and meats. Additionally, getting assessed and treated for sleep apnea may also help reduce the occurrence of gout flares. Other gout remedies that may work for some people include drinking enough water, ice therapy and elevating affected joints.
Gout Prescription Treatment Online
While some medications used in the treatment of gout are OTC (over the counter) and can be purchased online, prescription gout medications require a consultation with a medical provider and a gout medication prescription before they can be dispensed by a pharmacy in the United States. Push Health can connect people who might need a gout medication prescription with medical providers who can prescribe gout treatment medications when appropriate to do so.
Last updated February 25, 2023. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions. Please call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.