Conventional Medical Treatment
The standard medical treatment of acute gout is administration of colchicine, an anti-inflammatory drug originally isolated from the plant Colchicum autumnale (autumn crocus).
Over 75 per cent of patients with gout show major improvement in symptoms within the first 12 hours after receiving colchicine. However, as many as 80 per cent of patients are unable to tolerate an optimal dose because of its side effects
Potential Side Effects of Colchicine
Other anti-inflammatory agents used in treating acute gout included indomethacin, phenylbutazone, naproxen and fenoprofen.
Once the acute episode has resolved, a number of measures are taken to reduce the likelihood of recurrence:
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