Gout Infusion Therapy
Treatment for Gout Symptoms
Gout is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis that affects over 9 million people in the U.S. alone. While gout typically affects the joint in the big toe, it may also develop in the joints of the ankle, knee, fingers, wrist, elbow, or other areas of the body. Gout treatments vary depending on the severity of symptoms but may include gout infusion therapy to reduce pain and flares.
Symptoms Treated by Gout Infusion Therapy
We take in purines, a chemical compound, when we consume foods such as red meats, seafood, sugary snacks and drinks, and alcohol. The body breaks purines down into uric acid, which is then expelled through the urine. But when your body builds up an excess amount of uric acid that can’t be expelled, it begins to accumulate around the joints.
Over time, the buildup of uric acid around the joints can lead to a number of symptoms:
- large, painful bumps (tophi) around the joints.
Gout symptoms often come on suddenly and with no prior warning. A typical gout attack usually lasts anywhere from a few hours to days, although severe attacks can last upwards of several weeks.
Gout infusion therapy can treat both the cause and symptoms of chronic gout.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gout, your doctor may run some tests to form a diagnosis and rule out other potential causes:
- Blood test: measures uric acid levels in the blood.
- Joint fluid test: draws fluid from around the affected joints to be examined for urate crystals using a microscope.
- Ultrasound: detects urate crystals using sound waves
- X-rays: closely examines joints
You will need a gout diagnosis from your referring provider before starting gout infusion therapy.
Gout Infusion Therapy
There are several treatments available to treat gout and manage symptoms, however, your doctor may prescribe gout infusion therapy to treat more severe cases of chronic gout that don’t respond to other medications.
For those who don’t find relief from oral medications, KRYSTEXXA®, a biologic infusible medication, is used to treat patients with chronic gout. This IV therapy is typically administered once every two weeks for six months. KRYSTEXXA works by lowering uric acid levels in the body by converting them into allantoins (a water-soluble substance). Many patients experience dramatic relief and significantly lower uric acid levels upon the completion of treatment.
Get Started with Gout Infusion Therapy
For Patients Seeking Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with gout, talk to your doctor about KRYSTEXXA IV therapy. FlexCare Infusion Centers is the gold standard for gout infusion therapy. Our patients experience better treatment outcomes and enjoy expert KRYSTEXXA infusion nurses and consistent communication and support throughout the course of treatment.
Ask your provider to submit a KRYSTEXXA referral form.
For Referring Providers
If you’d like to refer a patient to FlexCare Infusion Centers, complete a referral form and fax or email it to our intake team.
If you have any questions about gout or infusion therapy, contact us directly. We look forward to helping you on your journey to better health.