Colchicine Drug Information
Colchicine is a medication used to treat gout attacks and prevent gout flare-ups. Although it is a prescription medicine, most colchicine products are not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is because colchicine is an older medication that was around before the FDA established the current laws and regulations.
Colcrys® is the only colchicine product that is approved by the FDA. This particular drug can also help treat familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), in addition to problems with gout.
Colchicine comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken once or twice a day. It works by limiting inflammation. Specifically, it is thought to inhibit certain inflammatory cells (known as neutrophils) that are responsible for some of the symptoms of gout.
Although the drug is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before taking colchicine, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications.
(Click Colchicine for more information on this drug. Topics discussed in this full-length article include dosing guidelines, other potential side effects, and safety issues to be aware of while taking it.)