Can Blood Pressure Make Gout Worse?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ask the experts

My mother suffers from gout, and I wonder if some of her other medications (for high blood pressure, for example) might be aggravating her gout?

Doctor's response

We do not know what medications your mother is taking. Nevertheless, medications that are used to treat high blood pressure that can aggravate gout include diuretics (water pills), especially furosemide (Lasix) and hydrocholorothiazide dyazide, and others).

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018