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Vitamin C for Gout Pain

Do these gout medications sound familiar?


  • Indocin
  • Colchicine
  • Allopurinol
  • Sulfinpyrazone
  • Probenecid
  • Naproxen

I’m sure there are more, but anyone with gout has heard of at least one or two of the above medications. My next question is; how are they working for you?

When you are unfortunate enough to have a gout flare-up, which of the above medications do you run to and how quickly do they work?

Just one more question; what are the side effects of the drug. Does nausea, upset stomach, headache, drowsiness, rash or even an induced gout flare up sound familiar? To top it off, your doctor will only prescribe a certain number of refills for the drug because of its potentially dangerous side effects. You’ve got to come in and get re-examined to make sure the cure isn’t worse than the ailment.

Try Something Natural

The next time you have a gout flare-up, try something a little different. Go to the store and buy a bottle of vitamin C (1,000 mg). On the first day of the flare-up drink plenty of water and take vitamin C every couple of hours (you need to get a minimum of about 6,000 mg). On the second day of the flare up, you can reduce the frequency.

People seem to have a problem with taking large doses of vitamin C but feel perfectly comfortable taking prescribed medication with awful side effects (go figure).

Side Effects of Vitamin C for Gout

  1. You will pee a lot. Not so sure if it’s the vitamin C or large amounts of water, but you will pee a lot. The vitamin C breaks down the uric acid and peeing eliminates it from the body.
  2. Within 24 hours the pain will be gone. You may notice an improvement in half the time, but you’ll definitely be pain-free (or at least 95% pain-free) in 24 hours.

It will take an additional day or so for the gout swelling to go down, but the pain leaves immediately.

Vitamin C Toxicity

Here’s some research on the effects of taking high doses of Vitamin C.

  • Dr. Klenner used doses as high as 35,000 mg of vitamin C with no ill effects. Well, let me rephrase that. There were no ill effects on the patient, but the diseases he was treating didn’t survive.
  • Dr. Andrew Saul tells of how intravenous doses of C at levels of 100,000 mg a day kills cancer cells and leaves healthy cells intact. The patient doesn’t undergo the nasty side effects associated with conventional cancer treatments.

Orange SliceThe Choice is Yours

I’ve watched loved ones suffer for years with gout. I’ve also researched the medications they had to take to alleviate the symptoms. After coming across this information, I got a chance to see vitamin C in action. In less than 24 hours vitamin C was able to accomplish what years of prescribed medication couldn’t do; quickly alleviate gout pain.

Oh, by the way, according to a 20 year study, taking at least 1,500 mg of vitamin C a day reduces the chance of gout flare-ups.

Life is about making choices. You can continue taking the prescribed medications for your gout if it’s working for you. If not, why not try a natural alternative?  The choice is yours.

Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional or a licensed nutritionist.  What works for one may not work for another.  This post was written as a suggested alternative to the conventional way of treating gout pain.


About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

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