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    Al O’Purinol

    I have heard people have had success with marijuana in controling gout and relieving its pain.

    Is this true?


    I would love to know the answer to whether this is a causal agent or a method of relief.  Having trawelled the internet, there doers not appear to be any clear answers.Wink


    The authors of “Effect of Marijuana Smoking on Blood Chemistry and Serum Biogenic Amines Concentrations in Humans” report:

    The concentrations of serum creatine, phosphate, urea nitrogen, triglyceride, choline, uric acid, serum aspartate transaminase, serum glutamate transaminase and alkaline phosphatase activities of the marijuana addicts were significantly higher


     High uric acid eh? OOPS!Cool

    But in Marijuana's favor I would add that any author who refers to “marijuana ADDICTS” is highly biased. Sounds like something out of REEFER MADNESS!

    I think any success is likely caused by marijuana's slight ability to deaden pain, any pain…or at least cause you to forget about it temporarily.


    From previous experience, I do think marijuana has some therapeutic effect on gout pain.  However, I would just guess that the drying out effect, and the way it manipulates the metabolism would probably make it more of a hindrance than a help.  This is simply my opinion. I think mj use would not be beneficial in achieving a patterned lifestyle.  It changes hydration, metabolism, eating habits, heart rate, etc.  This might cause more uric acid to be produced.  I have used it while in a severe attack, and it seems to lighten the pain and encourage stretching of sorts.  Heck, I will just about do anything when I get in that severe zone of pain!  These are just my opinions and thoughts form my experiences.  I am not a professional and don't agree or disagree with the use of marijuana.    


    I just got back from the doctor to get some help with my gout.  He gave me prescription to te following:

    • Prednisone 4mg – to reduce the flare up
    • Allopurinol 100mg – instructed not to take until the flare up is gone, or it will make it worse
    • Vicodin – For Pain Relief

    I was taking indomethacin 50mg, and he told me to stop because it's going to give me ulcers if I am not careful.  Coming into the house, I accidentally bent my foot while taking my shoes off.  I swear I thought I was going to keel over and faint from the pain.Surprised

    Let's hope the prednisone works.


    I would have thought might make it worse, more accurate than will make it worse.

    Be sure to get uric acid tests 2 weeks after you start allopurinol, to adjust the dose if necessary to lower uric acid to a good target – you don't want to be on that cocktail of pain-relief long (some might say ever).



    That is a VERY SMALL amount of prednisone. For shingles I took 20 mg. for two weeks.

    Colchicine is the ideal drug for an acute attack but at least the vicodin in sufficient quantity will help numb the pain.

    Prednisone is a synthetic hormone that mimics a natural steroid called cortisol that the body produces. Under stress (injury or illness) cortisol production is increased fourfold as part of the body's normal reaction to the stress. Prednisone has approximately five times the potency of cortisol. 20mg of Prednisone is roughly equal to the amount of cortisol the body normally produces in a day while under stress.

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