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Although most people tolerate colchicine well, it is not free of dangerous risks. Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about the possible problems that may apply to you. For example, colchicine has the potential to cause side effects.
Some of the most common side effects of this drug include:
Although side effects of colchicine tend to be minor, there are some serious side effects that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as unusual bleeding, severe diarrhea, or difficulty breathing.
Other colchicine warnings apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies. Also, you may not be able to take colchicine if you have certain medical conditions, such as liver or kidney problems.
(Click Colchicine Side Effects and Precautions and Warnings With Colchicine for more information on potential dangers of colchicine. This article also offers more details on what to tell your healthcare provider before using colchicine and who may not be able to  use the medication safely.)
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