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Gout hurts. But the right gout treatment plan can ease painful symptom flares. Start a convenient online consultation today.

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How Dr. B treats gout

1
Health assessment

Tell us about your condition with a $15 online consultation—no video call necessary.

2
Provider review

A medical provider will review your information and prescribe treatment, if appropriate.

3
Get your medication

Pick up and pay for the medication at the pharmacy of your choice. Or, get it delivered.

How much will it cost?

Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a gout prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. Dr. B offers a discount card when applicable to help get you the lowest prices for your medications.

* Prices shown for Indomethacin 50 mg (15 capsules), a popular treatment for gout, using a drug discount card. Prices may be lower with insurance.

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Gout treatments at Dr. B

Dr. B offers 7 treatments for gout. We’ve highlighted a few of our most popular and affordable options below. But you can choose other brand and generic medications if desired.

Colchicine

Colchicine prescription oral medication can help treat gout flare-ups. An anti-inflammatory medication, it blocks the cells that cause swelling and pain.

Prescription length:

3 days, 0 refills

Application:

2 pills + 1 pill 1 hour later. Then, 1 pill a day

Medication prices start at
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$8.00
at Costco, with a drug discount card. (No Costco membership required)

Indomethacin

Indomethacin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) prescribed to improve pain and swelling during a gout flare. Indomethacin prescriptions are available as a capsule, suppository or oral suspension.

Prescription length:

5 days, 0 refills

Application:

Capsules, taken 3 times a day

Medication prices start at
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$3.83

at Rite Aid, with a drug discount card.

Prednisone

Prednisone is an oral corticosteroid. A Prednisone prescription for gout can help relieve pain and swelling by controlling the body’s immune response.

Prescription length:

12 days, 0 refills

Application:

4 days: 4 pills once daily. 4 days: 2 pills once daily. 4 days: 1 pill once daily.

Medication prices start at
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$3.87

at CVS, with a drug discount card.

Colchicine

Colchicine prescription oral medication can help treat gout flare-ups. An anti-inflammatory medication, it blocks the cells that cause swelling and pain.

Indomethacin

Indomethacin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) prescribed to improve pain and swelling during a gout flare. Indomethacin prescriptions are available as a capsule, suppository or oral suspension.

Prednisone

Prednisone is an oral corticosteroid. A Prednisone prescription for gout can help relieve pain and swelling by controlling the body’s immune response.

Prescription length:

3 days, 0 refills

Prescription length:

5 days, 0 refills

Prescription length:

12 days, 0 refills

Application:

2 pills + 1 pill 1 hour later. Then, 1 pill a day

Application:

Capsules, taken 3 times a day

Application:

4 days: 4 pills once daily. 4 days: 2 pills once daily. 4 days: 1 pill once daily.

Medication prices start at
Costco Wholesale logo
$8.00
at Costco, with a drug discount card. (No Costco membership required)
Medication prices start at
Rite Aid logo
$3.83

at Rite Aid, with a drug discount card.

Medication prices start at
CVS Pharmacy logo
$3.87

at CVS, with a drug discount card.

More Gout Prescription Treatments

Looking for a different medication? Here are some options.

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Gout Questions

About Gout

What is gout?
Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis. It’s caused by higher-than-normal uric acid levels in the joints and other areas. It typically creates sudden or unexplained severe joint pain, stiffness and swelling (often in the hands and feet). Many people also experience redness, joint tenderness, swelling or intense pain in the toes (usually the big toe), knees, ankles or fingers. Some people have frequent attacks (or flares). Others go years without experiencing an episode.
What causes gout?

Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid—a natural waste product from the digestion of purines in food. High levels of uric acid in the blood can form urate crystals. These may accumulate in the joints, causing severe pain, swelling, stiffness and redness. Certain purine-rich foods—like red meat, organ meat, fatty seafood and alcoholic beverages—promote high uric acid levels.

Is gout an autoimmune disease?

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that happens when uric acid levels in the blood become too high. It is not an autoimmune disease. (Autoimmune diseases attack healthy cells.)

What are the risk factors for gout?

Men typically have higher levels of uric acid, and so are more likely to develop gout. In women, it is more common to develop after menopause, when uric acid levels rise. People with conditions like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and those with a family history of gout are more likely to develop it. Also, those who eat a diet high in animal protein or consume a lot of alcohol.

What are the best ways to manage gout?

Taking the right gout medicine can help manage symptom flares. Some lifestyle changes can reduce foot problems and other symptoms, too. Reduce alcohol intake and stay physically active. Avoid high-purine foods and eat more whole grains, vegetables and low-purine proteins (like eggs). Talk to a gout specialist about other lifestyle changes that can help improve your condition.

What are the symptoms of a bunion vs gout?

A bunion is a protruding bump that forms at the base of the big toe. It can also cause a sudden onset of foot pain, persistent discomfort in the toes and swelling in the big toe joint. Both conditions can create difficulty walking due to foot pain.

But there are some differences between the conditions. Here’s what to look for:

  • A bunion usually affects only the big toe. Gout can cause pain in other joints like the fingers or knees.
  • Gout often flares at night, causing night-time foot discomfort and other painful symptoms.
  • A bunion causes a specific, protruding bump on the base of the big toe.
What are the prescription treatments available for gout?

Nonsteroidal treatments include Colchicine (and its brand equivalents Colcrys and Mitigare) and Indomethacin (and its brand equivalent Tivorbex). Steroids for gout include Prednisone and its brand equivalent Rayos.

Dr. B can help you get a prescription for Colchicine online, Indomethacin online and Prednisone online through our virtual health platform. Fill out an online health assessment, sharing your health history and symptoms. A licensed medical provider will review your treatment. If they find a prescription medication appropriate, they will send it to your pharmacy of choice.

How long does gout last?

A gout flare-up can last 1-2 weeks without treatment or about 3 days with treatment. There is no cure for this inconvenient and painful condition. But the right treatment and lifestyle changes can prevent future flare-ups.

How is gout treatment taken?

Treatments are taken orally via tablet, capsule or oral solution. Be sure to clearly follow the gout treatment guidelines given by your doctor or pharmacist.

What are common gout treatment side effects?

Common side effects of gout pills and other medications include diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach, swelling and stomach bloating. In most cases, these lessen or go away when the body adjusts to the medications.

How much does gout treatment cost?

Consultation: A virtual medical consultation fee costs $15, which is lower than most doctor copays. Currently, we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies. But you can use health insurance for any resulting prescription at your pharmacy.

Medication: Dr. B only charges for the medical consultation. When medications are prescribed, we let you choose the most affordable or convenient pharmacy to fill your prescription. Your medication price will vary depending on your health insurance coverage and whether the drug is brand or generic.

Do you accept insurance?

Right now, we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies. But you can use insurance for any resulting prescriptions at your pharmacy.

How do refills work?

We’ll send you a reminder for an online assessment when it’s time for your next refill.

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