Are There Gout Drugs Other than Indomethacin & Allopurinol?

Ask the experts

I have just had my first acute gout attack in my left wrist. The physician prescribed Indomethacin which took down the swelling, but when he put me on Allopurinol, I had to stop due to bad headaches and rashes. I now have a tophi on my wrist. Are there other long term drugs to reduce uric acid levels and clear the tophi? Will the tophi disappear with treatment?

Doctor's response

Yes, there are other long-term drugs that can be used to reduce uric acid levels and clear tophi.

Depending on your kidney function and history of kidney stones you might be a candidate for medications which can leach the uric acid from the body by increasing the excretion of uric acid through the kidney. These medications include probenecid (Benamid) and sulfinpyrazone (Anturane).

For more information, read our full medical article on gout.

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