What is Colchicine?
Colchicine is a prescription medication used to treat and prevent gout attacks, or flare ups caused by gout. It can also be used to treat familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) in adults and children aged 4 years and older. Colchicine is also known by the brand name Colcrys. It is typically prescribed as an oral tablet in strengths of 0.6 mg.
Colchicine (Colcrys) Information
Colchicine is typically taken as 1.2 mg, or two 0.6 mg tablets, at the first sign of an acute gout flare. Then, a 0.6 mg tablet can be taken one hour later. The dose to treat FMF depends on the age of the person being treated and how they tolerate treatment. The exact dosage of colchicine depends on the condition being treated, their response to treatment, and other medical conditions they may have.
Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. When uric acid levels become too high, uric acid can form hard crystals in the joints and cause pain. It works by decreasing inflammation from uric acid buildup.
It’s also thought to work by decreasing the production of a certain protein that builds up in those with familial Mediterranean fever. It does not directly work to treat pain caused by gout or FMF.
Colchicine tablets are used to treat and prevent attacks of gout. Gout symptoms generally develop suddenly and usually involve only one or a few joints. The knee, ankle, and big toe joints are the most commonly affected parts of the body. It is also used to prevent pain attacks in the chest, joints, or abdomen caused by familial Mediterranean fever.
Your doctor may also prescribe colchicine for reasons not included in the official product labelling. Only use colchicine for this purpose if specifically instructed to by your doctor.
Colchicine is usually taken once or twice daily. The first dose is typically taken at the onset of a gout attack, and a second dose can be taken an hour later. Talk to your doctor if you experience another gout attack within several days after treatment.
Your doctor may adjust your dosage depending on your response to treatment. Tell your doctor about any medical conditions you have or other medications you take, for drug interactions, prior to starting treatment.
Always read and understand the medication guide provided with the product before you begin taking Colchicine. When you buy Colchicine online from Your Canada Drug Store, we always send the products in the manufacturer’s packaging.
Taking colchicine may increase the risk of blood disorders, including myelosuppression, leukopenia, granulocytopenia, and thrombocytopenia. Your dose may need to be monitored while taking the medication in order to decrease the risk of overdose or toxicity. It may also cause toxicity in the muscles, which can result in muscle pain or muscle damage.
Let your doctor or pharmacist know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This product may harm your unborn baby.
- Diarrhea, nausea
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain
- numbness in the fingers or toes
- muscle pain or weakness
Seek medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction while taking colchicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of the face, lips, or throat.
Report side effects to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable, call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. We also have a pharmacist that can provide counselling when you buy Colchicine online.
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Colchicine (Colcrys) FAQs
Colchicine and allopurinol are not the same. Allopurinol is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor that helps lower uric acid levels in the bloodstream. It is a first-line treatment method for gout to reduce the incidence of gout attacks. A healthcare provider may also prescribe colchicine to help treat acute gout attacks.
Colchicine is taken at the first sign of a gout attack. It is used to help alleviate a gout attack. After the initial dose, another dose of colchicine is taken an hour later.
Generic colchicine is manufactured by several different companies including Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, and Zydus Pharmaceuticals. Brand-name colchicine, or Colcrys, is manufactured by Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Inc.
Colchicine is sometimes used off-label to treat pericarditis, or inflammation of the lining of the heart. Colchicine has anti-inflammatory properties and is usually an add-on treatment for pericarditis. It is typically taken with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or aspirin, among other drugs, to help treat pericarditis.
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