Can Antibiotic Cause Gout?

Author: Richard Horgan
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Yes, antibiotic can cause gout.

More Info: Several antibiotics have been shown as being able to increasing the likelihood of gout among users. Overall, this painful form of arthritis affects one in every 100 Americans and is predominantly linked to factors such as age, family history, obesity, binge drinking, organ transplants, and thyroid problems.

Cyclosporine, Levodopa

Still, because cyclosporine is prescribed to help prevent the rejection by a patient of a kidney, liver or heart transplant, it can act as something of a double gout whammy. Simply because transplants are one of the root causes of the ailment. Modified forms of this antibiotic are also used to treat the skin disease psoriasis.

Levodopa on the other hand is somewhat less problematic, if only because it is prescribed for a disease that is not a primary cause of gout. Typically used in conjunction with another antibiotic called cabidopa, the medicine is a guard against Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's like symptoms that sometimes occur after carbon monoxide poisoning, manganese poisoning or a swelling of the brain.

Water Pills

The other category of antibiotics that can increase the likelihood of gout are diuretics, also referred to as water pills. They are usually prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure and act as an agent that helps the human kidneys flush excess salt and water from the body.

Diuretics are usually taken in conjunction with other medicines, and sometimes in fact combined into a single pill. As such, the other medical agents can help lessen the overall impact of the water pills to the human metabolism.

Overall, men are more susceptible to gout in all of its triggered forms, while women are least likely to develop it from antibiotics or other sources before they hit menopause. Only 15% of female gout cases occur before that late-life hormonal change. A family history of the disease is also present in only about 20% of gout cases.

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Works Cited

University of Maryland Medical Center
Gout: Causes and Risk Factors
http://www.umm.edu

NCIB
Cyclosporine
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

National Institutes of Health
Levodopa and Carbidopa
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/







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