Frequently Asked Questions

5. Are there medications that may increase the risk for gout?

Yes. A number of medications may put people at risk for developing hyperuricemia and gout. They include

  • diuretics, which are taken to eliminate excess fluid from the body in conditions like hypertension, edema, and heart disease, and which decrease the amount of uric acid passed in the urine. (High levels of uric acid in the blood can lead to gout.)
  • salicylate-containing drugs, such as aspirin
  • niacin, a vitamin also known as nicotinic acid
  • cyclosporine, a medication that suppresses the body’s immune system (the system that protects the body from infection and disease). This medication is used in the treatment of some autoimmune diseases and to prevent the body’s rejection of transplanted organs.
  • levodopa, a medicine used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.