Does Aspirin Cause Gout?

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I have read in your pages that Aspirin increases uric acid to rise in the blood, and that a rise in uric acid in the blood is the cause of Gout. As I take 75 mg of aspirin every day, will this cause Gout?

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Your question brings up a number of important issues about Gout.

First, Gout is medical condition characterized by abnormally elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, recurring attacks of joint inflammation (arthritis), deposits of hard lumps of uric acid in and around the joints, and decreased kidney function and kidney stones. While Gout is often associated with an abnormally elevated blood uric acid level, it need not be. That is, the medical condition of Gout can exist in an individual, with or without an elevated uric acid level in that individual. This even holds true for an acute attack of gouty arthritis! So, it is important to understand that it may not necessarily be the level of the uric acid that brings on an acute attack of gout. Frequently, it is a rapid change of uric acid, either up or down, that seems to precipitate an acute attack.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/13/2017

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