Comparison of triamcinolone acetonide with indomethacin in the treatment of acute gouty arthritis

J Rheumatol. 1993 Jan;20(1):111-3.


Twenty-seven patients presenting within 5 days of the onset of crystalline proven acute gout were prospectively treated with either indomethacin 50 mg tid or triamcinolone acetonide 60 mg intramuscularly. Patients with contraindications to therapy with indomethacin received triamcinolone acetonide. They were followed for 30 days. Resolution of all symptoms occurred at an average of 8 days for the indomethacin patients and 7 days in the triamcinolone patients. No side effects or episodes of rebound gout attacks occurred with the triamcinolone acetonide therapy. It is as safe and effective as indomethacin in the treatment of acute gout, and is particularly useful in patients with contraindications to therapy with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Administration, Oral
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis, Gouty / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Indomethacin / administration & dosage
  • Indomethacin / therapeutic use*
  • Injections, Intramuscular
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Triamcinolone Acetonide / adverse effects
  • Triamcinolone Acetonide / therapeutic use*


  • Triamcinolone Acetonide
  • Indomethacin