Gout has been a problem for a lot of people nowadays. And there are a lot of treatments and medications that is available in the market. One of them is Corticosteroids. However, it is not the first choice of the medication. Corticosteroids are used for gout treatment if you need a fast treatment. This is also taken if the pain did not relieve when the patient takes NSAIDS, like indomethacin, and colchicines. Also, when the patient has other medical conditions, they can take this drug. This drug is also for the elderly, especially when the affected joint is more than one joint.
The drug is an anti inflammatory drug. Though they are known to be the strongest when it comes to anti inflammation medications, they are to be taken cautiously. The most common corticosteroid is Prednisone. This drug is known for its fast relief. It halts the attack of the white blood cells or neutrophils to decrease the inflammation and pain of the gout. It suppresses the immune system, just like the other steroids like triamcinolone and corticotrophin. Therefore, it is said that this drug should be taken in its lowest dosage and infrequently, if possible. It also works within the few hours after it has been taken.
The drug can be taken orally just like a tablet. A 20mg to 60mg of drug can be taken initially, and then followed by dosages that are tapered down. Sometimes, drugs like prednisone, corticotrophin and triamcinolone, are injected in the affected areas when there are emergency attacks. The dose will depend on the size of the joint that has been affected and based on the inflammation.
Also, when you are fond of traveling, yet you have gout, or you just needed to travel, your doctor may prescribe that you have to take prednisone tablet, just in case of emergencies. Make sure that you are following the instructions of your doctor accurately when you take corticosteroids or other drugs to treat gout.
However, just like any other drugs, it has side effects. When you take the drug, you will possibly have colds and fevers. If ever you have wounds, these wounds will heal slowly because of the drug. You will also experience an increased in your blood sugar level and an increase in your appetite, as well as in your weight. You will have a poor sleep, a heart failure and a blood pressure that is higher. You will also experience headache, diarrhea and nausea. These side effects will be with you as long as you take the drug, which is why it is not recommended for long term dosage. The maximum dosage period will be 30 days. Once you have noticed these side effects, it is better to report these effects right away to the doctor.
Corticosteroids are drugs that should be taken once the other prescribed drugs did not take effect. They should not be taken for long time because of its side effects. You don’t want your immune system to be suppressed.