I am a 46 year old male. I have had gout for around 5 years which I was successfully managing with black cherry capsules (2 x 500mg per day). My gout attacks were occurring about twice a year until recently. I was diagnosed with hypertension, and prescribed metoprolol succinate 100mg, once a day, which has successfully brought my blood pressure under control. However in 3 months I have had 3 gout attacks. Can the metoprolol cause the increased frequency? Thanks for your help!
Yes, exacerbation of gout episodes and elevated uric acid level is a rare side effect of the medication. Since the side effect is associated with significant morbidity in your case, a change of medication may be considered if feasible. I would suggest discussing the situation and the suggested management plan in detail with your treating doctor.
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