Colchicine Medication Information
If you have gout attacks, your healthcare provider may prescribe colchicine. This medicine is used for treating gout flares and preventing gout attacks. One particular type of colchicine is also used in treating familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). Because this is an older medication, most colchicine products are not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as this drug was around before the FDA's regulations were established.
This medication comes in the form of tablets and is typically taken once or twice daily. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Before starting treatment, it's important to review colchicine's safety information. This medication may not be suitable for everyone, so make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have any other medical conditions (such as kidney or liver problems) or are taking any other type of medicine (including nonprescription drugs, herbal supplements, or vitamins).
(For more information on this medication, click Colchicine. This article gives a more in-depth discussion, explaining how colchicine works for gout treatment and prevention, what to expect while taking it, and what to tell your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)