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Colcrys

(Colchicine)

Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic available
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Prevents and treats gout.

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Our bottom line

Colcrys (Colchicine) is a second-choice treatment for gout attacks. Be careful how much you use since it causes a lot of side effects.

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Upsides

  • Is an antigout medication that has anti-inflammatory properties to help treat sudden gout attacks.
  • Lowers the risk of sudden gout attacks when taken as prescribed to prevent gout attacks.
  • Also treats Familial Mediterranean Fever.

Downsides

  • Doesn't work as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids to treat gout attacks.
  • Taking too much can cause serious side effects.
  • Doses needs to be adjusted if you have kidney or liver problems.
  • Doesn't have the ability to ease or treat pain.
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Side effect rates for Colcrys (Colchicine)

133 From clinical trials of Colcrys / Gout
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Diarrhea
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Metabolic and nutrition disorders
  • Gout
  • Throat pain
  • Throat pain
  • Respiratory thoracic mediastinal disorders

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 the appropriate doses. 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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Pregnancy
Food
  • Take it with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Doses needs to be adjusted if you have kidney or liver problems.
  • People on Colcrys (Colchicine) have reported muscle pain which can lead to muscle and kidney damage. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, weakness, or a fever and you don't know why.
Pain
  • Doesn't have the ability to ease or treat pain.