Over-the-counter treatments for gout include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, according to Mayo Clinic. Side effects of these drugs include bleeding, ulcers and stomach pain. Alternative nonpresecription treatments include drinking regular or decaffeinated coffee, eating cherries and taking vitamin C supplements.
As of 2015, studies show a connection between coffee and lower uric acid levels, notes Mayo Clinic. Studies have also shown that cherries are associated with lower levels of the acid and fewer gout attacks. Eating more oranges and other fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C may also help reduce uric acid levels, although studies have not confirmed that the vitamin has an impact on the severity of gout attacks.