A plant extract, it's been used to treat gout for 2, years, says Reveille. Colchicine works within several minutes to several hours to block gout inflammation.
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The sooner you start it, the more likely the attack will resolve quickly. An injected steroid also tackles inflammation, usually controlling pain and swelling within 24 hours. Prescription drugs such as allopurinol Lopurin, Zyloprim , febuxostat Uloric and probenecid Benemid all alleviate gout by controlling blood levels of uric acid. Also, two years ago the FDA approved an intravenous drug for people with advanced gout — pegloticase Krystexxa — that lowers uric acid levels and reduces deposits of uric acid crystals in the joints and soft tissue.
Most people who have gout will need to be on a uric-acid-lowering drug for life, usually just one or two pills a day, says George Washington University's Baraf. Truth: Lifestyle changes can reduce both the severity and frequency of attacks. For starters, when people lose weight , they often have fewer attacks, says Reveille.
Animal proteins have a higher level of purines, so it's better to eat vegetable proteins like beans and peas.
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In fact, a review in the rheumatology journal Current Opinion in Rheumatology notes that protein-rich foods such as dairy products, nuts, beans, peas and whole grains are healthy choices for people with gout, reducing the risk of heart disease and possibly lowering the risk of insulin resistance. Baraf says that he asks patients to abstain from alcohol during the first six months of treatment, until medications have stabilized uric acid levels.
After that, he says, it's fine to drink — in moderation. Dorothy Foltz-Gray is a freelance writer who lives in North Carolina.
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