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Colchicine This page contains drug information aimed
at the consumer and includes the following:


  • what is colchicine
  • what are the possible side effects
  • what happens if you miss a dose
  • what happens if you overdose
  • the most important information about colchicine
  • how to use this drug
  • other drugs that may affect colchicine
  • what to avoid while using this drug



Generic Name: colchicine (COAL chi seen)
Brand Names:

What is the most important information I should know about colchicine?
Notify your doctor if you experience a skin rash; a sore throat; a fever; unusual bleeding, bruising, tiredness, or weakness; or numbness or tingling. These symptoms could be early signs of a serious side effect.
If you are taking colchicine to treat an acute attack of gout, therapy should be stopped as soon as the pain is relieved, when the maximum amount of medicine has been taken, or at the first sign of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain.

What is colchicine?
The exact way that colchicine works is unknown. It appears to alter your body's response to deposited uric acid crystals. This leads to less swelling and less pain.
Colchicine is used to treat attacks of gout.
Colchicine will not prevent the progression of this disease. It is useful only in decreasing the incidence of attacks and in relieving pain and discomfort.
Colchicine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking colchicine?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you
       · have ever had an allergic reaction to colchicine,
       · have kidney disease or poorly functioning kidneys,
       · have liver disease,
       · have an ulcer in your stomach or another type of stomach disease,
       · have heart disease,
       · have blood problems, or
       · are elderly or debilitated.
You may not be able to take colchicine, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Colchicine is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether colchicine will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether colchicine will harm a nursing infant. Do not take colchicine without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take colchicine?
Take colchicine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
To treat an attack, colchicine may be taken up to once every hour until the pain is relieved, until the maximum amount of medicine has been taken, or until nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea occurs. To prevent an attack from occurring, colchicine may be taken every day or several days a week. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Never take more medicine than is prescribed to treat an acute gout attack.
Store colchicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a colchicine overdose include nausea; vomiting; stomach pain; diarrhea; muscle weakness; burning in your throat, stomach, or skin; difficulty breathing; delirium; and seizures. An overdose of colchicine can result in death.

What should I avoid while taking colchicine?
Follow your doctor's recommendations about diet.

What are the possible side effects of colchicine?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking colchicine and seek emergency medical attention:
       · an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
       · a rash;
       · a sore throat;
       · a fever;
       · unusual bleeding or bruising;
       · tiredness or weakness; or
       · numbness or tingling.
In general, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are the first signs of too much colchicine. Stop taking colchicine when you experience these side effects. If these side effects are severe or if they do not resolve, contact your doctor.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any reaction that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect colchicine?
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all medicines that you are taking so that your therapy can be monitored for interactions.

Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has more information about colchicine written for health professionals that you may read.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed
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