Antibiotics brought on a Gout attack! ( Cipiro)

by Tyler
(SLC UT)

I recently had a horrible bug that kept me vomiting for 4 days. The doc prescribed me some Cipiro to combat it. By the second morning of taking the meds I was in a full blown gout attack. I hadn't had a gout since January (3 months earlier). I began to take baking soda that same morning of my first twinge. The next day I could still feel it in my toe but it is not on fire as much. So be aware that certain antibiotics CAN trigger a attack!

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Aug 20, 2009
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Antibiotic induced gout attack
by: Anonymous

I have been gout free for years after being on allopurinal. Started taking Azithromycin (5 day pack) for a chest infection. After first day, gout twinges in both big toes.

Jun 15, 2009
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Probably dehydration, not the antibiotics for the gout
by: Anonymous

You said you were vomiting for 4 days, so it is possible or even likely that you were dehydrated to some extent from the vomiting. From what I understand, that would make uric acid concentrations higher, increasing the probability of a gout attack and the antibiotics were just along for the ride.

Just an opinion from an engineer, not a doctor.


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