Colcrys

(colchicine)

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Prevents and treats gout.

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Colcrys (colchicine) is a second-choice treatment for gout attacks. Be careful how much you use since it can cause problems with your blood.

Quick facts about Colcrys
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (colchicine)
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 30 0.6mg capsules
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$190.50

Upsides

  • Colcrys (colchicine) treats and stops sudden gout attacks.
  • It can be used to prevent gout when people are first starting on allopurinol.
  • Colcrys (colchicine) also treats Familial Mediterranean fever.

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Downsides

  • Colcrys (colchicine) doesn't work as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids to treat gout attacks.
  • Taking Colcrys (colchicine) for too long can cause problems with your blood.
  • Doses needs to be changed if you have kidney or liver problems.
  • While Colcrys (colchicine) stops the redness and swelling of gout attacks, it doesn't stop the pain.
  • If you're taking Colcrys (colchicine) to stop gout flare-ups, you can only use it for 3 to 6 months after your levels have stabilized.
  • The capsules (Mitigare) are only approved for prevention, but not treatment of gout.

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How it works

Colcrys (colchicine) stops the redness and swelling in gout attacks by blocking the cells that cause inflammation from going to the affected joints.

Quick facts about Colcrys
  • Drug class: Musculoskeletal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (colchicine)

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What to expect when you take Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout

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Risks and Warnings for Colcrys (colchicine)

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  • Colcrys (colchicine) can lower your body's ability to make new blood cells. This can happen even when you're using Colcrys (colchicine) correctly, and can be serious if it's not caught in time. Let your doctor know if you have frequent bleeding, bruising, fevers, or always feel tired.

Common concerns from people taking Colcrys (colchicine)

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Interactions
  • Many foods and medicines can interact with Colcrys (colchicine), which can be dangerous. If you have liver or kidney problems, these interactions can be worse. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist to see what dose of Colcrys (colchicine) you should take based on your diet and other medicines.
Food
  • Take Colcrys (colchicine) with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Doses needs to be changed if you have kidney or liver problems.