Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Musculoskeletal

Colcrys 

(colchicine)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Musculoskeletal
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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 can cause problems with your blood.

Price and discounts
Best available price for 30 (0.6mg) capsules of colchicine

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.

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.
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.

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

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Side effect rates for Colcrys (colchicine)

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.
  • 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.
Kidneys and liver
  • Doses needs to be changed if you have kidney or liver problems.
  • 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.