Colcrys (Colchicine) guidelines start here. There are links to all the main Colcrys pages below.
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
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.
Leave Colchicine to browse other anti-inflammatory gout cure pages.
Unusually, this first feedback denotes a lack of response. Because I’ve deleted a page about Colcrys prices due to waning interest. Colcrys Dosage Questioned On Cost was my summary of an investigation into colchicine prescribing problems. Which concluded:
There is a high incidence of inappropriate preventative colchicine use. The main reasons are failure to prescribe any, or enough uric acid lowering medications. Rheumatologists performed better than primary care physicians. The researchers believe doctors need educating to avoid unnecessary colchicine exposure and to reduce excessive health care system costs.
- George, Michael, Sally Pullman?Mooar, Fauzia Hussain, and H. Ralph Schumacher. “Evaluating appropriate use of prophylactic colchicine for gout flare prevention.” Arthritis care & research 66, no. 8 (2014): 1258-1262.