What is Colchicine?
Colchicine is a medication that is used to treat gout and to prevent attacks of gout. It is also used to prevent or treat attacks of pain in the muscles, joints, and tendons (musculoskeletal pain). It may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Benefits of Colchicine and Its Uses.
Colchicine is a type of medication called a prophylactic. This means that it is used to prevent an event from happening. It works by decreasing the amount of uric acid in the body. When there is less uric acid, there is less chance of a gout attack.
There are several benefits to taking colchicine to prevent a gout attack. Colchicine is able to reduce the amount of uric acid in the body very quickly. This means that it can stop a gout attack from happening. The other benefit is that it is a very safe drug. Colchicine has been used for many years and has a very good safety record.
Gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. It is used to treat gout and to prevent attacks of gout. Colchicine is in a class of medications called anti-inflammatory drugs. It works by decreasing the production of uric acid and by preventing the build-up of urate crystals in the joints.
Some people who take it develop a serious life-threatening condition called agranulocytosis. Symptoms of agranulocytosis include fever, chills, and sore throat. You should contact your doctor right away if you develop these symptoms.
Do not take colchicine if you have liver or kidney disease, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Side Effects and Dosage.
Side effects are:
- Abdominal pain
It is important to note that not everyone who takes colchicine will experience these side effects. If you do experience any of these side effects, contact your doctor.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Colchicine is usually taken with food.
The recommended dosage for treating gout is 0.6 mg two times a day for the first day, then 0.3 mg two times a day for the next four days.
The recommended dosage for treating pericarditis is 1.2 mg two times a day for the first day, then 0.6 mg two times a day for the next four days.