Colchicine Side Effects

Colchicine side effects can prevent this gout medicine being used for pain relief.

Investigations leading to 2010 licensing of colchicine as Colcrys in the USA, have shown that some side-effects are due to the way colchicine has been prescribed in the past. Specifically, those gout studies found that the dose of colchicine was too high in many cases.

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Relief From Stubborn Gout Pain

In my gout pain relief pages, I explain the best approach to gout pain.

The main difficulty with stubborn gout pain is, it rarely responds to a simple treatment. Usually, you need a combination of more than one pain-relieving drug. Often these combinations need to include general painkillers that are not specifically for gout.

Recently, I was asked about combining indomethacin with colchicine for relieving stubborn gout pain.

There are thousands of different combinations that work.

The secret is finding the right combination that suits you.

Colchicine For Stubborn Gout Pain Relief

Gout pain, as I explain in the Uric Acid guidelines, is a result of the immune reaction to invading uric acid crystals. When the immune system becomes overwhelmed, it calls in reinforcements, and this process is at the heart of the agony we experience during an acute gout flare.

Colchicine, sold as Colcrys in America, is very effective when it is taken early enough. That is why doctors advise you to take it at the first sign of a gout flare. The main purpose of colchicine is to prevent, or limit, gout flares when you take uric acid lowering gout medications.

Colchicine works to prevent gout pain, or prevent it getting worse, by slowing your immune system. White blood cells are restricted from growing, and this limits the inflammation that is part of that process.
See why you may need more than colchicine for stubborn gout pain

GoutPal Plan for Gout Patients

Do you want medical gout treatment to lower your uric acid?
Then, GoutPal Plan for Gout Patients is for you.
It is a 7 step plan for lowering uric acid.
Especially, helpful for choosing the best medicines to suit your unique situation.

GoutPal Plan for Gout Patients Audience

I wrote GoutPal Plan for Gout Patients for gout sufferers who want to use medical uric acid lowering therapies. If you are not sure which type of gout sufferer you are, go to Questions for Gout Sufferers.

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Colcrys (Colchicine)

Colcrys (Colchicine) guidelines start here. There are links to all the main Colcrys pages below, and here are the latest additions:

Colchicine is a powerful weapon in the fight against gout pain, but it is not without critics.

In America, controversy rages about the decision to remove its generic status. But, politics and financial considerations aside, gout sufferers need to know how colchicine can help their gout.

Here we look at how colchicine (sold as Colcrys in the United States) can help gout patients, along with its drawbacks and advantages.

Colchicine As An Anti-Inflammatory

Though I include colchicine in the anti-inflammatory drugs that cure gout pain, it is not a true anti-inflammatory, and it does not directly act on gout pain.

Colchicine stops inflammation getting worse. That is why it is important to take the first tablet at the first sign of a gout attack. If you leave it too late, and inflammation has already started to subside naturally, there is no point taking colchicine.

Colchicine will not reduce inflammation, but it does allow natural anti-inflammatories in your body to reduce inflammation over a few hours. The exact time varies from person to person, and also depends on the severity of the gout attack. In severe gout attacks, it can take two or three days for inflammation to reduce.

If you do not feel less pain in an hour, you can take a second colchicine, but no more than 2 per day. You can also reduce inflammation with NSAIDs (naproxen, ibuprofen, etc), and you can block pain with analgesics. Your pharmacist and doctor can advise you about safe combinations to support colchicine. My Stop Gout program can help you create your own personal treatment plan, including how to select the right colchicine support package to maximize gout pain relief.

Colchicine & Gout Introduction

Due to the large amount of information on colchicine & gout, I have created different pages to cover different aspects:

  • What Is Colchicine?
  • How Does Colchicine Help Gout?
  • What are the Side Effects of Colchicine?
  • How Much Colchicine Is Required?
  • Other Aspects Of Colchicine (including spelling)

What Is Colchicine, and How Does Colchicine Help Gout?

Colchicine for gout is a great way to stop gout pain, but unsafe the wrong way. Longterm, or without uric acid control, Colcrys is dangerous. See safe practice at Colchicine For Gout.

What are the Side Effects of Colchicne?

Colchicine side effects worry many gout patients. Is it a blissful gout pain reliever or dangerous poison? See how to balance risks safely. Take care with gout, and read the colchicine side effects information.

How Much Colchicine Is Required?

Colcrys (colchicine) Dosage
Colcrys (colchicine) dosage has been confusing for many years. Now we know exactly what to take. See what to do if you are still in pain.

Other Aspects Of Colchicine

Colchicine is also available combined with probenecid, marketed as Colbenemid and Proben-C

Colchicine Spelling

Like many medicines, colchicine is often misspelled. Though spelling is often overrated, it pays to take extra care with medicines, as a misunderstanding might cause treatment problems in the unlikely event of a similar sounding drug being taken mistakenly.

In the list below, I have included brand names, where the active ingredient is colchicine alone. When buying medicine, it is usually best to use the generic name rather than a brand name, unless additional active ingredients make the gout medicine more useful to you.

Col-chrys

Incorrect spelling of the brand Colcrys.

Colchacene

First i replaced with a, second i replaced with e.

Colchacine

first i replaced with a.

Colchecine

First i replaced with e.

Colchesine

ic replaced with es.

Colchichine

Extra h after third c.

Colchicine

This is the correct spelling of the gout medicine that is used to relieve gout pain by reducing inflammation. Full details can be found in the colchicine pages in the Anti-Inflammatory Gout Cure part of the Gout Treatments Section.

Colchimax

Colchimax is a brand name for colchicine in parts of Europe.

Colchine

Missing ic.

Colchocine

First i replaced with o.

Colchris

Incorrect spelling of the brand Colcrys.

Colchrys

Incorrect spelling of the Colcrys brand.

Colchys

Incorrect spelling of the Colcrys brand

Colcrys

Colcrys is the brand name for colchicine in the USA.

Colgout

Colgout is a brand of colchicine in Australia.

Coltracine

chi replaced with tra.

Coltrasine

chic replaced with tras.

If you are aware of other alternative spellings, or if you have any questions or opinions about colchicine, please discuss them in the gout remedies forum.

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Colchicine Document Change History

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Gout & Ibuprofen Side Effects

Ibuprofen side effects stop some gout patients using this very popular anti-inflammatory drug.

Most side effects relate to stomach problems.
Now, gel or cream formulations overcome some of these ibuprofen side effects.

Ibuprofen (sometimes called ibuprofin or ibuprophen*) is in the NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) category.
These act upon the hormones that cause swelling and pain.

You take ibuprofen tablets or liquid orally. Or rub gel or cream into the skin.

I first took ibuprofen for gout before I knew I had it.
I had tablets prescribed in hospital when I was waiting to be tested and diagnosed.
Nurses warned me that it might upset my stomach, but I was fine.
You might need to take tablets or liquid with milk or food to reduce the chance of stomach upset.

Now that gel is available, you can reduce the risk of stomach related ibuprofen side effects. You apply the gel around the area of swelling and gently massage it into the skin. Note that you absorb ibuprofen into the bloodstream, so skin application does not reduce the risk of other ibuprofen side effects (allergy or kidney problems). The good news is you can usually gain relief with a smaller dosage when it is applied to the affected area.

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