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Are Your Medications Affecting Your Gout?

March 7, 2012 by Julia.

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A new study has been posted detailing the effects of certain hypertension medications on gout. Researchers based out of the Boston University of Medicine have released the results of their study comparing hypertension (blood pressure) medications and gout. Many gout sufferers also have high blood pressure, and are often placed on anti-hypertension medications along with their gout medication. The new research states, however, that the medications they are on may actually increase their chances of gout and gout flares, with only a few anti-hypertension medications being seen to lower the chances of gout.

The research has shown that hypertension medication such as diuretics, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and some angiotensin II receptor blockers are likely to raise a patient's risk of gout. However, calcium channel blockers and losartan were shown to reduce the chance of gout.

The group of drugs seen to raise the risk of gout include such popular medications such as Teveten, Lasix and Accupril. These are considered to raise the risk of gout as these medications raise the levels of uric acid in the body. It is a buildup of uric acid in the joints, which then crystallizes, causing the painful inflammation known as gout.

On the other hand, the researchers believe that losartan and calcium channel blockers' penchant to reduce the risk of gout is because of their effects on the kidneys. Uric acid, instead on building up in the joints, is flushed through the kidneys and out of the body when the patient uses these types of anti-hypertension medications. Losartan was shown to reduce the body's uric acid levels by up to 25%.

The researchers' findings should be used as a guide for doctors to decide which hypertension medications might work best for their patients. As high blood pressure is already a risk factor for gout, talk to your doctor about a prescription for Hyzaar or Zestril.

Filed under: Gout Risk.

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