Without treatment, an acute attack of gout usually goes away on its own after five to seven days; however, 60 percent of people have a second attack within one year. There is currently no cure but the symptoms can be treated with a variety of gout treatment and medications. Doctors who treat gout take two approaches. The first is to stop a flare, the second is to prevent gout flares from happening.
Acute Gout Attack Medications
These are medicines that you would take to stop a flare.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs are an over the counter (or prescribed) treatment that can help reduce pain and inflammation in your body. They are considered the first-line treatment for gout. Common NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Indomethacin has traditionally been the most commonly used NSAID, though ibuprofen is now often used due to its lower risk of side effects. One side effect of NSAIDs is upset stomach and, in more serious cases, stomach bleeding, so some doctors advise taking them with a meal. There are newer formulations of NSAIDs that include an anti-acid medication to help with the stomach discomfort.