How Does It Work?It is thought that colchicine works for gout 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.
It is unclear how exactly colchicine works for familial Mediterranean fever, although the inhibition of neutrophils or other inflammatory cells is probably involved.
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is typically taken once or twice a day, although it may be taken more frequently during a gout attack.
- You may take this medication with or without food.
- For the drug to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed.
Dosing Information for ColchicineThe dose of this medication that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on several factors, such as:
- The medical condition being treated
- Your age
- Your kidney and liver function
- Other medications you are taking.
(Click Colchicine Dosage for more information.)