Colchicine

General Information
 
Uses
 
What should I know before taking this drug
 
Precautions
 
Dosage information
  
Adverse reactions
 
Storage
 
Additional information if any
 
 
Brand names and manufacturer

Colcrys (URL pharma inc.)
Colchicindon ( Zydus )
Goutnil (Inga)
Coljoy (Cadila) 

 

Colchicine is prescription drug. It is sold from the pharmacy store only in the presence of written instructions known as prescription from a licensed healthcare provider.

 

Colchicine is pronounced as KOL-chi-seen

 

Colchicine belongs to hyperuricemia and gout preparations.
 

Common uses of colchicine

Colchicine is used in the treatment of gout attacks. 

 
 
 

When not to take colchicine

Colchicine should not be used in patients hypersensitive to it. Colchicine should not be given to patients with kidney problems. Do not use colchicines if you are taking any of the below drugs ritonavir, clarithromycin, erythromycin, cyclosporine and cholesterol lowering drugs like atorvastatin

 
 
Children:

Old people:

Pregnant woman:
Colchicine belongs to  FDA pregnancy category D. This means that colchicine can harm an unborn baby and cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. Do not use colchicine with out your doctor consent however its use is justified if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
 
Lactating women:
Colchicine passes into breast milk and harm nursing baby. Do not use colchicine with out the consent from your doctor if you are breastfeeding your child.
 
Other:
 
 
 

Doses for colchicine

Colchicine initially dose is 1 mg then after 1 hour 0.5 mg and repeated every 2-3 hours until pain relief. 

Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease. Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication. 

 
 
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose. 
 

What should I do if I over dosage colchicine

In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician. 

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea 
 

Consult health expert if you notice sever diarrhea, muscle pain, fever, tiredness or allergic reactions like difficult breathing, skin rash and sever dizziness. 

 
 
 
Store colchicine at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C / 59 – 86 degrees F). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any left over portion is disposed off safely.
 

What is the most important information I should know about colchicine   

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last modified: May 10, 2012