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What is a good over-the-counter treatment for gout?

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Ibuprofen, sold as Advil and Motrin, helps ease the pain of gout, says WebMD. Another acceptable nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug available without prescription is naproxen, sold as Aleve. Aspirin is not a valid treatment for gout, as it may raise uric acid in the blood and increase the effects of gout.

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While anti-inflammatory medications relieve gout pain, rest and ice also help. To prevent gout from getting worse with time, or affecting more joints, exercise and watching your weight are important, notes WebMD. Avoid low-calorie diets or fasting as a means of controlling weight, because these methods increase the levels of uric acid in the blood. Limit or avoid alcohol, which inhibits your kidneys from releasing uric acid into the urine. Beer is especially detrimental. Also, limit or avoid meat and seafood.

Left untreated, or poorly managed, gout may lead to kidney problems in the long run, states WebMD. Therefore it is important to see a doctor, who can monitor uric acid levels and kidney function. In gout treatment, the doctor also reviews patient medication to check for any medications that raise uric acid levels.

In addition to cutting out alcohol, increase consumption of water, advises Healthline. Avoid organ meats, such as kidney, liver and sweetbreads, and introduce plant-based proteins, such as beans, to replace meat.

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