In 2005, New Zealand health authorities revised dosage recommendations for Colgout[1]. So I updated my colchicine guidelines. Because Colgout is a brand name for colchicine. Usually, I prefer to use the actual drug name rather than brand names. But many gout patients refer to Colgout and may not realize it is colchicine. Therefore, I maintain this summary. Though there are very good reasons why gout patients should learn the exact medical names for all their prescriptions.

Colgout

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.

Colgout for gout
Colchicine for gout is a great way to stop gout pain, but unsafe the wrong way. Long term, or without uric acid control, Colcrys is dangerous. For more about safe practice see colchicine for gout.
Colgout dosage
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 500 mcg and How long does Colgout take to work?.

Colgout tablets 500mcg
Though 500mcg, or 0.5 mg, is the most common size for colchicine tablets, some can be different. Colcrys is 0.6 mg, 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 Or Colchicine

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. Also, it’s important if you are traveling abroad where brand names are different.

To emphasize the importance of using correct medicine names, I’ll quote from an important medical negligence case involving a mix-up with drug names[2]. Note that I’m using this story to emphasize the naming problem, not a specific problem with Colgout. But as Colgout was involved in the incident, I’ve decided to share it here.

Mrs Leonard said that she was visiting from interstate and staying with a friend. She told Dr Fraser that she had inadvertently left all of her medications at home. She requested prescriptions for Colgout and Celebrex. The patient said that she had used these medications in the past for the management of her gout. She said that she felt she had a flare up of this condition and wanted to get on top of it before it got any worse. […] The colchicine had promptly caused diarrhea. It appeared that she had then become drowsy as a result of the oxazepam, and she was unable to get out of bed to use the bathroom, causing the soiling of her clothes and the bed. […] Mrs Leonard had subsequently checked her medications. She found that she had been given a sedative, oxazepam, instead of her anti-inflammatory medication, Celebrex.

The case study concludes with several recommendations to reduce the incidence of medication errors. Including an emphasis on patient education. So learn your medication names and always check before you take them.


Colgout References

  1. Team, Medsafe Pharmacovigilance. “Colchicine: lower doses for greater safety.” Prescriber Update 26, no. 2 (2005): 26-27.
  2. Bird, Sara. “An unusual case of diarrhoea.” Australian family physician 34, no. 4 (2005): 281.



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