Colchicine is a medicine used to treat gout, as it breaks down uric acid crystals whilst easing joint inflammation.
What is Colchicine?
Colchicine is a medicine used to relieve inflammation and pain of gout. It can be used as a preventative of gout as well as a preventative of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF).
How does it work?
Colchicine works by reducing the inflammation caused by crystals of uric acid in joints. This can then reduce pain and discomfort.
Is Colchicine suitable for me?
It is suitable for most adults and can sometimes be prescribed for children by a specialist doctor.
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All medications can cause potential side effects, below we have listed some potential side effects, however, these do not always occur.
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Commonly Used Dosage Guidelines for Colchicine.
- Take 1 tablet (500micrograms) 2 to 4 times a day.
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Colchicine Modulite Patient Leaflet
Colchicine is a medication used to treat gout and certain other conditions. It works by decreasing inflammation and can be taken by mouth or injected into a vein. Common side effects include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and nausea. Serious side effects may include low blood counts, kidney problems, or allergic reactions. Colchicine was first isolated in 1820 from the plant Colchicum autumnal (also known as "Autumn crocus" or "Meadow saffron") and introduced for medical use in 1832.
Colchicine treats and prevents gout attacks by reducing inflammation and uric acid levels in the body. It is also used to treat familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). Colchicine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use colchicine if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- severe kidney disease;
- liver disease; or
- a blood cell disorder such as anaemia or low white blood cell count.
To make sure colchicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- kidney disease;
- liver disease;
- a stomach ulcer or other bleeding disorder; or
- if you use a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin) and you have routine "INR" or prothrombin time tests.
Using colchicine may increase your risk of developing serious infections, cancer, or other conditions. Tell your doctor if you regularly receive radiation treatments (such as X-rays). Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice. A certain product that contains colchicine has caused serious side effects in children who were taking it for gouty arthritis. Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds while using colchicine. Colchicine can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors, even on a cloudy day.
Do not use two doses of colchicine at the same time. Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have:
- severe stomach pain, cramping, or bloating;
- bloody or watery diarrhoea;
- nausea, upper stomach pain (that may spread to your back), itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- weakness, fatigue, confusion;
- ringing in your ears; or
- aching muscles, muscle weakness, cramps.
Colchicine is used to treat certain medical conditions and can be purchased either with a prescription from your doctor or without one depending on the type of colchicine you have. The most common way that people purchase colchicine is over the counter and here are some tips for users who want to buy Colchicine OTC: It is important to understand what exactly Colchicine does before it is taken because it can cause some serious side effects if not used correctly. Some of these side effects include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and nausea. Serious side effects may include low blood counts, kidney problems, or allergic reactions. If you have any concerns about taking Colchicine, be sure to speak with your doctor beforehand.
If you are going to purchase Colchicine OTC, be sure to do so from a reputable source. There are many fake or counterfeit products on the market and taking one of these could potentially be very dangerous. Be sure to only buy from a trusted source such as a pharmacy or online retailer.
When taking Colchicine OTC, always follow the dosage instructions carefully. Taking too much of this medication could lead to some serious health risks. Common side effects of taking too much Colchicine OTC include abdominal pain and diarrhoea. If you are concerned about any side effects that your colchicine may have caused, be sure to speak with a medical professional or seek emergency care if necessary.
Colchicine is used for many conditions including gout, FMF, and other rheumatic disorders. When purchasing this medication over the counter you will need to understand the dose required for each type of condition it is being purchased for in order to avoid any complications.
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What foods should I avoid when taking Colchicine?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of colchicine. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while you are taking this medicine. Grapefruit may interact with colchicine and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid taking an antacid within 2 hours before or after you take colchicine. Some antacids can make it harder for your body to absorb colchicine. Tell your doctor if you are taking medication to treat tuberculosis. Colchicine may interact with other drugs that can weaken your immune system, and this interaction could make it easier for you to get an infection or make any infections you have worse. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Can I have Colchicine and alcohol?
You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking Colchicine. Drinking alcohol can increase some of the side effects of Colchicine.
Is this medication suitable for me?
Please get in touch with a doctor if you are unsure what medication is suitable for you. You can also complete our online consultation form to check your eligibility for the product.
How is the medication delivered?
All orders placed before 14:00 from Monday to Friday will be dispatched that day. The orders are sent using 24 Hour Tracked delivery provided by Royal Mail. Items will usually arrive the very next day after the order has been placed. We also provide tracking for your orders to check the status and location of your parcel. All our medication is packaged in plain confidential padded white or brown envelopes. This ensures that your orders are discreet, and the content of the orders will be for your eyes only.
What is the Colchicine dosage per day?
Take Colchicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Colchicine is usually given for only a short time until your symptoms clear up.
The usual dose is 0.6 mg to 1.2 mg taken one to four times per day. The first dose is usually taken an hour before or two hours after a meal. If you are taking this medicine for gout, your doctor may tell you to take it all at once with food. To prevent gout attacks, the dose is usually 0.6 mg once or twice per day. To treat gout attacks, the dose is usually 1.2 mg taken at the first sign of attack, then 0.6 mg one hour later if needed. If you are taking this medicine for familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), the dose is usually 2.4 mg to 4.8 mg taken once per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Is Colchicine a high-risk mediation?
Colchicine may interact with other drugs that can weaken your immune system, and this interaction could make it easier for you to get an infection or make any infections you have worse. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
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