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Colcrys
(Colchicine)

Celebrex
(Celecoxib)

Indocin
(Indomethacin)

Deltasone
(Prednisone)

Prevents and treats gout. Colcrys (Colchicine) is a second-choice treatment for gout attacks. Be careful how much you use since it causes a lot of side effects.Relieves pain and inflammation. Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.Treats pain and swelling. Indocin (Indomethacin) works well for mild to moderate pain and swelling, but it shouldn't be used long-term since it has some serious side effects.Calms down your immune system. Deltasone (Prednisone) is a common oral corticosteroid that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.
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Reviews for Celebrex (Celecoxib)
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Reviews for Deltasone (Prednisone)
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44%
31% vs. Colcrys (Colchicine)
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Side effects
ColcrysCelebrexIndocinPrednisone
  • Gastrointestinal disorders 6%
  • Gout 2%
  • Metabolic and nutrition disorders 1%
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FDA side effect reports for Celebrex »
  • Headache 5%
  • Post procedural hemorrhage 5%
  • Post procedural swelling 2%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Indigestion 2%
  • Hot flashes 1%
  • Drowsiness 1%
  • Excessive sweating 1%
  • Fainting 1%
  • Decreased appetite 1%
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How it works
ColcrysCelebrexIndocinPrednisone
Colcrys (Colchicine) is a second choice antigout medication that prevents acute gout attacks by reducing inflammation.Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Indocin (Indomethacin) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Deltasone (Prednisone) is a corticosteroid that's similar to what your body naturally makes. It reduces swelling and other immune responses that can cause you pain, discomfort, or harm.
Type of medication
ColcrysCelebrexIndocinPrednisone
AntigoutPrescription only
Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Prescription only
Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Prescription only
Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant
Corticosteroid
Prescription only
Available as
ColcrysCelebrexIndocinPrednisone
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Suppository
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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        Pregnancy category
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        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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        Alcohol
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        • Take it with or without food.
        • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
        • Take with food or milk to help prevent upset stomach.
        • Take with food to decrease stomach upset.
        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.
        • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
        • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
        • Not a good choice if you have kidney, liver, or stomach problems.
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
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        Sleep
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        • Short-term use can cause mood changes, trouble sleeping and increase in blood pressure, blood sugar, and possible water retention.
        • Can cause trouble sleeping. Take in the morning or 2-3 hours before bed if more than one dose is needed.
        Weight
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        Upsides and benefits
        ColcrysCelebrexIndocinPrednisone
        • 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.
        • Relieves pain and inflammation for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
        • Good for treating muscle aches and pains, as well as menstrual cramps.
        • Causes fewer stomach problems than other NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen.
        • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen.
        • Effective option to relieve mild to moderate pain and swelling.
        • Treats inflammation problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and acute gout attacks.
        • In studies, Indocin (Indomethacin) was more effective than Tylenol for treating osteoarthritis pain.
        • It works as well as Celebrex for treating an acute gout attacks.
        • Available in capsules, long-acting capsules, suppositories, and as a suspension. All forms, except the suspension, are available as generic medications.
        • Steroid magic, can help you feel better, have more energy and get more appetite.
        • Useful for many conditions.
        • Short-term use in controlling immune responses that are causing you discomfort, and works quickly to relieve symptoms like swelling, rash, asthma attacks, gout attacks.
        • Long-term use in suppressing the immune system from causing your body harm, like many autoimmune related conditions.
        Downsides and risks
        ColcrysCelebrexIndocinPrednisone
        • 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.
        • The longer you take Celebrex (Celecoxib), the more likely you are to have stomach problems, including inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. Can also happen if you take Celebrex (Celecoxib) on an empty stomach.
        • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of blood clots, heart attack, or a stroke.
        • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
        • Indocin (Indomethacin) can cause serious heart and stomach problems. The risk goes up the longer you take it, but problems can happen at any time. Don't take Indocin (Indomethacin) any longer than your doctor recommends.
        • Indocin (Indomethacin) raises your risk of bleeding, especially when taken with other blood-thinning medicines.
        • There are similar medicines that you don't have to take as often and can work just as well.
        • Not a good choice if you have kidney, liver, or stomach problems.
        • Lots of side effects, especially with long term use.
        • Short-term use can cause mood changes, trouble sleeping and increase in blood pressure, blood sugar, and possible water retention.
        • Long-term use can cause problems with skin, bone, eye health and put you at a higher risk for infections.
        • People with certain conditions will have to pay extra attention to their symptoms or may have to adjust the dose of other medicines when taking Prednisone.
        • When using corticosteroids for more than 1 week, you will need to work with a doctor to get off the medicine slowly.
        • Only available as an oral medicine so the rest of your body will be exposed to the medicine.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        ColcrysCelebrexIndocinPrednisone
        • Take it with or without food.
        • At the first sign of a gout attack, take two tablets. Don't take more than three tablets a day in order to avoid serious side effects.
        • Wait at least 3 days before another using Colcrys (Colchicine) again.
        • Almost all people experience some nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea after taking Colcrys (Colchicine).
        • Let your doctor know of any serious nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or if you have tingling in your fingers or toes.
        • Starts working in 1 to 3 hours.
        • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
        • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
        • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
        • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
        • Takes about 30 minutes to start working and can last about 4 to 6 hours.
        • Can cause stomach ulcers or bleeding. Don't take it with other blood-thinning medicines without talking to your doctor first.
        • Can cause headaches. If the headaches continue even after you take a lower dose, talk to your doctor about stopping Indocin (Indomethacin).
        • The long-acting capsules must be swallowed whole. Don't crush them.
        • Take with food or milk to help prevent upset stomach.
        • The dose and duration on how long you need the medicine depends on your condition and response.
        • Take it exactly as your doctor prescribed.
        • Take with food to decrease stomach upset.
        • Can cause trouble sleeping. Take in the morning or 2-3 hours before bed if more than one dose is needed.
        • Can cause changes in mood, blood pressure, blood sugar, and water retention.
        • You should check your blood pressure and blood sugar when taking this medicine if you already have high blood pressure or diabetes.
        • A taper is is often needed to stop the medicine, especially if you've been on it for more than 1 week.
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