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Gout Treatments

At Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy, we understand that managing gout involves more than just addressing the symptoms; it requires a comprehensive approach to reduce and maintain uric acid levels, providing lasting relief and preventing painful flare-ups. Dr. Shanahan specializes in developing personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique condition.


Understanding Gout

Gout, characterized by painful arthritic symptoms, is often a result of elevated uric acid levels in the blood. Our approach to gout treatment focuses on normalizing these levels, bringing relief to our patients and minimizing the risk of recurring attacks.

Medications for Symptom Relief

For most patients, medication is a key component in managing gout symptoms. Dr. Shanahan may recommend:

  1. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): These medications help relieve pain and inflammation during gout flare-ups.

  2. Corticosteroids: Administered to reduce inflammation in the affected joints and alleviate pain.

  3. Colchicine: An effective medication for treating acute gout attacks and preventing future episodes.


Long-Term Uric Acid Management

Beyond symptom relief, addressing uric acid levels over the long term is crucial. Dr. Shanahan may prescribe medications such as:

  1. Benemid: A medication that helps the kidneys excrete uric acid, reducing the risk of kidney stones and complications.

  2. Anturane: Another option to lower uric acid levels and prevent recurrent gout attacks.

  3. Allopurinol: This medication is often prescribed for extended periods to manage uric acid levels effectively.

Customized Treatment Plans

Dr. Shanahan recognizes that every patient's experience with gout is unique. Therefore, treatment plans are carefully crafted to address individual conditions. This includes a combination of lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and, when necessary, medications.

Dietary Guidance

One crucial aspect of gout management is adopting dietary changes to reduce uric acid production. Dr. Shanahan advises patients to avoid purine-rich foods, such as shellfish, organ meats, and certain vegetables. Additionally, limiting alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight play pivotal roles in preventing gout symptoms.

Expert Guidance After Acute Attacks

These medications are typically administered after acute gout attacks have subsided, offering a proactive approach to preventing future episodes and minimizing the risk of complications, such as kidney stones and other forms of arthritis.

Your Journey to Gout Relief

At Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy, we are dedicated to helping our patients find lasting relief from gout symptoms. If you are seeking expert care and a personalized approach to gout treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shanahan today. Take the first step towards a life free from the pain and discomfort of gout with Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy.

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