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If you have gout attacks, you may benefit from colchicine. However, there is only one colchicine product (Colcrys®) that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Colcrys is approved for the following uses:
 
  • Prevention and treatment of gout flares (gout attacks)
  • Treatment of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF).
     
Other colchicine products have never been approved by the FDA (as colchicine was around long before the current rules and regulations were in place).
 
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.
 
(To learn more about using this drug for gout treatment, click Colchicine Uses. This article also looks at how colchicine works, who can take it, and possible off-label uses.)
 
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