Our expert says:
For acute gout attacks some colchicine tablets and/or anti-inflammatory tablets (i.e. diclofenac) are generally very effective. Some pharmacies sell gout kits containing these for acute emergency gout attacks (the only indication for which colchicine is allowed to be sold over the counter).
It may be worth his wile to be aware of what causes these attacks (i.e. dietary factors like beer, red meat, etc.) and try to approach these causative "factors" with caution.
If his attacks occur frequently, his doctor can also prescribe a chronic medicine (allopurinol) to prevent gout attacks.
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