The colchicine blog brings you news and updates about colchicine and how to use it to treat gout pain. The colchicine blog covers all the new safety investigations into brands such as Colcrys and Colgout. Stay wise, stay safe, and follow these regular updates to the colchicine reference pages.
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.
The Gout & Colchicine Dosage Facts are answers to questions about colchicine dose. So, they help answer questions such as how should you take colchicine, and when should you stop, etc.
The complete facts about colchicine are in the Colchicine guidelines. But here is a selection of questions commonly asked in the gout forums. Please remember that these are only a quick guide to general dosage aspects of colchicine. If you are in doubt, you should ask your doctor.
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 for gout is not a permanent solution. It isn’t even a temporary solution, but it can be extremely effective at bringing short term gout pain relief.
Why do I say that short term gout pain relief is no kind of solution for gout? Because it should never be used to help gout pain in its own right. It should only be used to allow uric acid lowering treatment programs to be effective.
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.
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
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.
Incorrect spelling of the brand Colcrys.
First i replaced with a, second i replaced with e.
first i replaced with a.
First i replaced with e.
ic replaced with es.
Extra h after third c.
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 is a brand name for colchicine in parts of Europe.
First i replaced with o.
Incorrect spelling of the brand Colcrys.
Incorrect spelling of the Colcrys brand.
Incorrect spelling of the Colcrys brand
Colcrys is the brand name for colchicine in the USA.
Colgout is a brand of colchicine in Australia.
chi replaced with tra.
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.
I’m issuing this Colgout status update to reflect and support recent reorganization of relevant forum topics and the colchicine guidelines.
Colgout is a brand name for colchicine common in Australia and New Zealand. Like Colcrys in the United States, it is no different from colchicine therefore all my colchicine information is equally relevant to Colgout.
Recent forum topics are replaced as follows:
Colgout for 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. For more about safe practice see colchicine for gout.
Colchicine dosage has been confusing for many years. Now we know exactly what to take. See how to use colchicine safely for your gout pain. For complete understanding & safety, read the colchicine dosage pages.
Colgout side effects
Colchicine side effects worry many gout patients. Is it a blissful gout pain reliever or dangerous poison? See how to balance risks safely. Read more about colchicine side effects.
Gout sufferers have been especially interested in Colgout tablets 500mcg and How long does Colgout take to work?. There are no direct replacement pages for those forum topics, but note:
Colgout tablets 500mcg
Though 500mcg, or .5mg, is the most common size for colchicine tablets, some can be different. Colcrys is 0.6mg, but as sensible dosage is maximum 1 per hour, and 2 per day, differences are not significant.
How long does Colgout take to work?
If one tablet does not work in the first hour, take another
Colgout: Status Takeaway
Generally speaking, you will find information much quicker, and get responses to gout forum posts quicker, if you refer to the generic colchicine rather than the specific brand, Colgout.