Tips For Living With Gout
Gout sufferers say it’s hard to predict a painful gout attack, and experts agree.
Because there is no way of knowing ahead of time when a gout attack may occur, you may want to be as prepared as you can. Consider these helpful gout lifestyle recommendations and tips:
- Make a long-term treatment plan with your healthcare professional when you are symptom and pain-free. Gout is a chronic condition. This means gout attacks can come back again, and that’s why it’s smart to be prepared with an action plan
- Lower your uric acid, the root cause of gout. Keeping your uric acid level low (less than 6 mg/dL) is the goal for the long-term management of gout
- Talk to your doctor about a healthy weight loss along with your treatment plan, which may include prescription medicines
- Avoid soft drinks because many soft drinks contain a sugar called fructose. Unlike other sugars, it is known to increase uric acid levels. Drink water or seltzer instead
- Know the purine content of food. Purines are a substance your body makes, and they can also come from food or beverages. When purines break down, they produce uric acid
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids
Choosing a Gout Diet
Eating foods high in purines can trigger an attack—something gout sufferers want to avoid at all costs. The foods and beverages listed below are high in purines, so try to eat them in small portions or cut them out altogether.
Foods to avoid
- Organ meats (sweetbreads, liver, kidney)
- High-fructose corn syrup-sweetened sodas or other beverages
- High-fructose corn syrup sweetened foods (candy bars, ice cream)
- Any alcohol use during a gout attack or if gout is advanced and not well controlled
Foods to limit
- Naturally sweet fruit juice or sweetened beverages
- Table sugar and desserts
- Table salt, including in sauces and gravies
- Alcohol, particularly beer
- Beef, lamb, pork
- Seafood high in purines (sardines, shellfish)
If choosing an alcoholic beverage, choose wine over beer. Eat small portions of meat and seafood, enjoy non-fat milk and low-fat yogurt. Diet alone may not lower your uric acid and prevent gout attacks—it's only a piece of the story.
Just remember you’re not alone trying to figure out if and when an attack may happen. Most attacks are sudden and you may be able to better manage your gout long term by making smart gout lifestyle choices and treating its root cause - high levels of uric acid.
Important Safety Information for Uloric (febuxostat)
Do not take Uloric if you are taking azathioprine or mercaptopurine.
Uloric may cause serious side effects, including:
Gout Flares. Gout flares can happen when you first start taking Uloric. Your healthcare provider may give you other medicines to help prevent your gout flares.
Heart Problems. People who take Uloric can have serious heart problems including heart attacks, strokes and heart-related deaths. It is not known that Uloric caused these problems. Call your healthcare provider right away or get emergency medical help if you have any of the following symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness or weakness on one side of your body, trouble talking or headache.
Liver Problems. Liver problems can happen in people who take Uloric. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check how well your liver is working before and during your treatment with Uloric.
Severe Skin and Allergic Reactions. Serious skin and allergic reactions that may affect different parts of the body such as your liver, kidneys, heart or lungs, can happen in people who take Uloric. Call your healthcare provider right away or get emergency medical help if you have any of the following symptoms: rash, red and painful skin, severe skin blisters, peeling skin, sores around the lips, eyes or mouth, swollen face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat, or flu-like symptoms.
The most common side effects of Uloric include liver problems, nausea, gout flares, joint pain, and rash. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you, or that does not go away.
Use of Uloric
Uloric is a prescription medicine used to lower blood uric acid levels in adults with gout. Uloric is not for the treatment of high uric acid without a history of gout.
Individual results may vary.
Please see the complete Prescribing Information and talk to your healthcare professional.