Gout is an arthritic condition which causes joints to become inflamed and painful to move or touch. An excess of uric acid in the bloodstream causes grit-like crystals to form in the joint spaces causing inflammation and sometimes irreversible damage.
- Painful swelling of joints
- Common condition caused by excess uric acid
- Can be prevented and treated with medication
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3 treatment(s) for Gout
- Alternative to anti-inflammatory medication
- Helps reduce painful joint swelling
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Gout, also referred to as uric acid arthropathy is a type of arthritis caused by the formation of tiny crystals in joint areas. These microscopic sodium urate crystals are often a result of too much uric acid in the blood stream. In normal circumstances people’s bodies excrete this waste product from the body in urine or faeces, however, those with gout do not excrete enough or their body produces too much. If there is too much urate in the blood it might not remain soluble thus forming crystals which then overflow into the spaces in between joints. Here the crystals can go on to irritate the lining of the joint, known as the synovium, making it swollen and inflamed. The affected area may turn red and can be extremely painful even if lightly touched.
Gout is a fairly common condition with around 1 in 45 people in the UK being diagnosed. It is more often seen in men with their first attack taking place after the age of 30. Women are more likely to develop the disease after the age of 60. This is because following on from the menopause the levels of the female hormones drop and uric acid levels increase. Although men may be more likely to be diagnosed, any person of any age can contract gout.
There is a chance that you may be predisposed to contract gout as it can run in families. However, there are also health and lifestyle factors that may increase your risk of developing gout. Medical conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, vascular disease, high cholesterol and osteoarthritis are known risk factors. Medications such as water tablets, beta-blockers, ACE-inhibitors, aspirin and niacin can lead to increased levels of uric acid in the blood. A lifestyle which involves a diet high in purines that are found in red meat, seafood, offal, sugary drinks, beer and spirits can also contribute to the disease developing.
Some people may experience only a single attack of gout in their lifetime. Whereas, others might get them frequently and at increasingly painful rates. If gout is left untreated lumps of crystals can join together and form visible bumps known as tophi. These bumps are found underneath the skin can be painful, unsightly and even lead to permanent joint damage. Another potential complication of this condition is kidney stones making it painful to pass urine. The pain caused by gout can also affect your mental wellbeing.
Gout treatment such as adenuric and zyloric work by inhibiting the function of the enzyme xanthine oxidase which produces uric acid. By reducing the amount of urate in the bloodstream the less likely it is that crystals will form. Alternatively colchicine tablets address the painful inflammation symptoms caused by an increase in white blood cells in the affected area. By reversing the inflammatory response the pain is eased.
Here at Treated.com we have made the process of buying gout medication quick and easy. Simply fill out our health survey, allowing for one of our GMC-registered doctors to review your results. Once they approve your order a prescription will be produced for our UK-based pharmacy to dispense your item. All our orders are shipped by courier so that they arrive at your door the next working day.
Gout can lead to further joint problems and so treatment is often recommended. However, a course of prescribed medication might go hand in hand with some lifestyle changes which can naturally help lower urate levels.
There is a selection of immediate pain relief and preventative options for those diagnosed with gout. Colchicine tablets are often prescribed for those experiencing a gout flare up as an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Whereas zyloric and adenuric tablets are usually prescribed as preventative measures for those who have previously experienced a gout attack.
How do they work?
Colchicine contains the active ingredient of the same name and treats sudden painful attacks of gout. It works by limiting the number of white blood cells permitted to travel to the affected joint, as too many can add to the inflammatory response which causes pain.
Zyloric and adenuric are both xanthine-oxidase inhibitors that work by stopping uric acid from being produced. Zyloric contains the active ingredient allopurinol whereas adenuric contains febuxostat. These two ingredients work in the same way and actively reduce the amount of urate in the bloodstream making it less likely for sodium urate crystals to form and a gout attack to happen.
What are the side effects?
All three drugs have the potential to cause unwanted side effects. The most common being skin problems, nausea, enlarged lymph nodes and worsened gout symptoms to begin with. You can read more about each drug’s different side effects on their designated product page.
Can I take them with other medications?
This depends on the treatment you choose and the medications you are taking. Your doctor will assess the likelihood of any interactions between medications when you provide your medical details during your consultation. These tablets may interact with antibiotics. You can find more information regarding this on each product page.
What’s the difference between the medications?
Zyloric, adenuric and colchicine can all be used to prevent gout attacks. However, only colchicine can treat a sudden severe attack of painful symptoms. The treatments are all taken in tablet form usually at a rate of around one a day, although this may change depending on your circumstances. Zyloric and adenuric work to reduce the amount of uric acid in the blood whereas colchicine limits the number of white blood cells that travel to the affected joint thus easing the inflammation.
Should I take zyloric, adenuric or colchicine?
This will depend on which is best suited to you and your current health situation. Zyloric and adenuric can be taken long-term in order to prevent gout attacks whereas colchicine will directly help reduce gout symptoms. Your suitability could also be influenced by any current or past health condition or medications. To make the best possible decision, you should read the information available on each product page.
Are there different side effects?
Yes. Each medication comes with its own list of potential side effects although not every user will experience them. These range from skin problems and nausea through to enlarged lymph nodes and worsened gout symptoms. It is important that you make yourself familiar with the reactions in case you develop any of them. Find out more by consulting the relevant page for each product, or referring to the patient information leaflet.
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