Over-the-counter remedies for gout

Updated February 21, 2017

Gout pain has been called one of the worst pains a person can feel. Uric acid crystals with hundreds of needle-like points bury themselves in your joints so that the slightest touch brings a burning, stabbing pain. When the pain hits, all you can think about is how to get rid of it. Over-the-counter products and natural remedies may provide some relief.


Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter medication that acts as an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce the pain of a gout attack. The normal dosage is 200 to 400 mg up to four times a day with a maximum daily dose of 1,200 mg. You can take a higher dosage under medical supervision.

Epsom salts

Epsom salt contains magnesium, which can help improve circulation. Add two cups of Epsom salt to a bath as it is filling and soak in the water until it cools off. The warm heat of an Epsom salt bath helps break up uric acid crystals, and improved circulation helps carry the crystals away. The bath also helps minimise swelling caused by gout.


Put an ice pack on the painful area, as it will work as an anti-inflammatory. Use it for 15 minutes at a time.

Cherry Juice

Cherries help lower uric acid levels because they are rich in antioxidants. Cherries also provide valuable vitamins and minerals to help you maintain good health.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of honey and take it twice daily to help avoid gout attacks. If you are already experiencing an attack, it will help decrease pain within a few hours.


Chickweed is known to soothe and cool mucous membranes. Chickweed also has large amounts of vitamin C, protein, flavonoids, phytosterols and glycosides. All of these have uses in fighting various diseases, but the vitamin C and flavonoids act as anti-inflammatories, which help ease gout pain.

Lemon and Lime Juice

Lemon and lime juices stimulate the formation of calcium carbonate in the body. Calcium carbonate neutralises acids in the body, including uric acid. After each meal, squeeze the juice from a lemon or lime and drink it in a glass of lukewarm water.

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James Rada, Jr. was a newspaper reporter for eight years and earned 23 awards from the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association, Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland State Teachers’ Association and CNHI. He also worked for 12 years as a marketing communications writer, earning a Print Copywriter of the Year Award from the Utah Ad Federation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications.