Long-term Treatment of Gout Is Suboptimal
Only a minority of patients with gout whose disease indications made them candidates for long-term urate-lowering therapy were treated according to current recommendations. The researchers found that only a third of general practitioners in the United Kingdom prescribed urate-lowering therapy to appropriate candidates. Therefore, the authors recommend that urate-lowering treatment be included in information given to patients with gout at the time of first diagnosis.
@premlata For patients with more severe gout or related conditions, current guidelines recommend long-term treatment to lower blood levels of urate (a metabolite derived from uric acid), thereby preventing crystal deposition and encouraging crystal dissolution. After first diagnosis, however, it remains unclear just when this treatment should be started