Posted by: anxious | 2007/08/24



I am taking Coversyl & Coversyl Plus. A while ago I complained to my gp about pain and swelling in my right hand and had swollen fingers - I asked if I could have an arthritis test (my mom suffers from it) and the results showed the problem not being an arthritis problem but elevated uric acid levels. Straight away he said its my Coversyl Plus side effect but remains reluctant to change it because it took so long for him to find the right combination of my bp pills. He gave me Puricos 100mg to try and it seemed to help. A couple of months later I got the same pain again and further uric acid tests showed the levels elevated again and he doubled the Puricos to 200mg. That was all a while ago, sometime last year. Yesterday I started getting that same pain and swelling again but this time in my left hand (it was previously in my right hand). I phoned my gp this am and asked if I could up it to 300mg to see if that is going to help - he said fine. My question is how long will it take to work by taking the extra 100mg to see a difference in the pain and swelling. I admit I might be guessing the wrong thing, but am convinced this is the problem, its exactly the same symptoms I had last time. Its rather sore and annoying! Its around the knucle area and is noticeable - my index finger seems to be the worst.

Thanks for the help.

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Dear Anxious

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It is true that your blood pressure medication will cause raised uric acid levels but your blood pressure medication is more important than the discomfort that you are experiencing. I suggest that you continue with your Puricos to control the raised uric acid levels and that you add Prednisone in the accute phase of the pain. This will take the pain away substancially quicker than the Puricos.

Kind regards

Dr Anrich Burger

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Posted by: Leon | 2015/12/01

I had a gout attack about three months ago in my left ankle, which cause swelling around the join area. GP gave me Puricos and Inflammation tablets but this cause only temporary relief. is there any other treatment as the symptoms seem to remain the same. thanks for the help.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/08/08

My son in Law get gout attecks in his toe and use Puricos for it, but he dondrink it every day. I am 65years old and a woman, I donet goat but pain in my hands and wrists and I found that if you drink a glass of water in the morning with lemon juice in, it make a big difference. I drink about 3 glasse a day and all the pain is gone. don't laugh,but Lemon juice is alkaline and take awy any acid in the body. I use the bottles in the shops,it is easy and it does the same work. I am afraid of all the pills. Hope it helps

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Posted by: alan | 2014/08/04

i use puricos and get chest pain i then stopped for about 6 months not using it then i had a gout attack and used it again the chest pain came back

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/01/20

I m suffering from gout or something similar and the doctor just showed me the result. My question to any doctor what must I do to reduce the level of acid uric that courses so much discomfort? Please advise

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