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Gout and Corticosteroids

Written by sshowalter, ColleenO.

Effect of Corticosteroids on Gout

Corticosteroids can control the pain, swelling, and inflammation of joints caused by gout. The medicine can be given as a tablet or in liquid form or by injection into a joint—or in severe cases, by vein. If taken orally, corticosteroids are best taken at the same time(s) each day and should be taken with liquid or food to lessen stomach upset.

Common Names Include

  • Prednisone
  • Prednisolone
  • Betametasone (for joint injection)
  • Triamcinalone (for joint injection)
  • Methylprednisolone (given IV, usually for severe cases)

Read more details about Corticosteroids.

Possible side effects over the short-term include:

  • Poor wound healing
  • Indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Appetite gain or loss
  • Weight gain

Possible side effects of long-term use include:

  • Slowing of growth in children
  • Acne
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Osteoporosis

If you experience any of these side effects, continue the medications, but contact your doctor.

In addition, these drugs can cause more serious medical problems, including immunosuppression and peptic ulcer disease (if you are also taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Discuss with your physician any signs and symptoms that might indicate a serious medical problem.

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