The effectiveness of naproxen in the management of acute gouty arthritis was assessed in an open study of 20 patients. These patients were selected on the basis of their clinical presentation of characteristic acute arthritis associated in 19 with concomitant hyperuricemia. There were 17 men and three women varying in age from 35 to 89 years.
The first 12 patients were treated with 600 mg naproxen initially, followed by 300 mg every 8 hours for the first 48 hours and then tapered or discontinued depending upon their clinical response. The last eight patients received a loading dose of 750 mg naproxen, followed by 250 mg every 8 hours for a duration of 72 hours before tapering the drug. The response of 15 of the 20 was either excellent or good, while the response was fair in three and poor in two. Poor responders had been failures in other regimens or were treated late in the course of their attack. The higher loading dose was associated with more rapid and satisfactory remission. No significant undesirable side effects were observed. On the basis of this study, naproxen was found effective in alleviating the inflammation of acute gout.