Gout Clinical Trials
What is Gout?
Gout - a form of arthritis - occurs suddenly and is very painful, causing swelling and inflammation in joints. Most often it occurs in the feet, commonly in the ball of the foot nearest the big toe but it can also occur in the ankle and other joints. Although it is more common in adult males, adult females are also susceptible during and after menopause. Gout sufferers can experience limited mobility and extreme joint pain because urate crystals form around the joint when the body is unable to break down the uric acid in the blood.
Currently, a modified diet can help prevent future attacks of gout, and is typically used in conjunction with medications such as NSAIDS, colchicine, and corticosteroids. Some of these medications also come with side effects such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased blood pressure, and/or elevated blood sugar levels.
Gout Research Studies - What You Can Expect
Gout clinical trials are currently underway to determine medications to treat and prevent gout as well as reduce the likelihood of the medication's side effects. You can be a part of these gout research studies by participating in clinical trials near you. Depending on the study protocol, participants may be eligible based on certain criteria, such as age, gender, or previous treatments. A member of the study team can help determine if a particular trial is right for you.
Medications currently on the market, helping gout sufferers like you and many others across the nation, would not be available if not for clinical research participants. As a gout clinical trial volunteer, you will receive quality medical care as well as the knowledge that you are helping gout sufferers such as yourself, loved ones, and friends.. In addition, you may receive low- or no-cost medications that may not be available anywhere else, and financial compensation for your time and travel.
With an integrated network of facilities throughout the United States, PMG Research has been conducting research studies since 1979. To learn more, you can find all currently enrolling gout studies available in the PMG Research network, read through our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us for details.
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