★ Misunderstanding 1: Urgently reduce the elevated blood uric acid level
In the treatment of gout, some patients are often eager to reduce the elevated blood uric acid level to the normal range. This idea is not advisable. The rapid decrease in uric acid levels often aggravates the onset of gout in the opposite direction. Therefore, at the beginning of treatment, it is advisable to take a small dose of uric acid-lowering drugs as prescribed by the doctor, and gradually increase the dose in the subsequent treatment process until the symptoms are relieved.
★ Misunderstanding 2: Taking antibiotics blindly
When some patients have symptoms of gouty arthritis, they will take antibiotics such as penicillin and cephalosporin on their own in an attempt to relieve the symptoms, which is very dangerous. In fact, antibiotics not only have no effect on the acute attack of gout, but may even aggravate the disease. This is mainly because antibiotics will increase the burden on the kidneys after entering the human body.
★ Misunderstanding 3: Overdose of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to relieve the symptoms of gout in the acute phase. It is inappropriate for some patients to continue taking these drugs after the acute phase of gout. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are only used to relieve symptoms, and cannot really reduce the onset of gout. Overdose will also increase the burden on the gastrointestinal tract.
★ Misunderstanding 4: After the symptoms improve, stop the medication without authorization
Some patients will relax their vigilance because the acute phase of gout has passed or the symptoms will not occur for a period of time, and will no longer actively take uric acid-lowering drugs. However, data shows that hyperuricemia can increase the probability of the onset of diseases such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and joint malformations. Therefore, even if there are no clinical symptoms, you need to follow the doctor’s advice for long-term and standardized medication, and do not discontinue the medication without authorization.
In addition, it needs to be emphasized that the medication principles for patients with hyperuricemia and gout vary from person to person. You cannot blindly follow the recommendations of others, and you must follow the doctor’s advice to take medicines suitable for your condition.
Gout is a disease that requires long-term treatment. In addition to relying on drug treatment, it is also necessary to pay attention to the patient’s diet and exercise habits. Only by observing the scientific principles of medication and ensuring good living habits can we truly control hyperuricemia and gout.