To avoid gout, your treatment has to permanently lower uric acid down to safe levels.

Please note that this page, and the associated medications pages, are about gout treatment that will allow you to avoid gout for the rest of your life. It is not about medications that you should avoid. For that, you should see What Causes Gout? in the Gout Symptoms, Causes, & Diagnosis guidelines.

Also, note that this gout medications page is not about what you eat. For ways of avoiding dietary causes of gout, please see Foods To Avoid With Gout and Avoid Excess Calories for Gout in the Gout Diet Including Food, Drink & Lifestyle guidelines.

There are many urate-lowering therapies, with more in development. You need to choose the right one, and you might need pain relief for the weeks or months it takes to lower uric acid to a safe level.

Whichever gout cure you choose, make sure it keeps your uric acid at 5 mg/dL (0.30 mmol/L), or below.