Gout and OTC drugs

Question

Will anything over the counter help with gout?

Answer

Dear Danny,

Yes, over the counter nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications like naproxen (Alleve) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Nuprin) can reduce the inflammation of gout quite effectively if the dose is high enough.  Patients taking NSAIDs should consult with their doctors, however, to make sure that their kidney function is normal and that their medical histories don’t include any other contraindications to taking these medications.

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.