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Calcium Channel Blockers and Losartan Are Best for Gout Prevention

February 13, 2012 by Julia.

According to a new study into the risk of incident gout, calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem and Plendil, as well as losartan (Cozaar) are the least likely to cause gout.

The study, which looked at over 24,000 people with gout and compared them to 50,00 who didn't, discovered that hypertensive patients whose blood pressure was treated with calcium channel blockers or the angiotensin receptor blocker losartan were less likely to develop gout than patients who had been prescribed other anti-hypertensives.

Patients taking diuretics were more than twice as likely to develop gout. These were followed by beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers other than losartan. This is because calcium channel blockers and losartan have urate-lowering properties. A large build up of uric acid is what causes gout, a painful swelling of the joints, especially in the toes feet and hands.

For more information, see the original release here.

Filed under: Gout Causes and Symptoms.

Tags: calcium channel blockers, losartan, gout prevention, gout risk, cardizem, plendil, cozaar, anti-hypertensives. causes gout, colchicine.ca.

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