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Dr. Tony Willson
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Colchicine (Overview)

Colchicine is used to treat several inflammatory conditions. It is known best as a treatment for acute gout and prophylaxis for gout attacks. It is also used to treat less common conditions such as familial mediterranean fever, skin vasculitis, and chronic pericarditis.


Dr. Tony Willson
256 Doctors shared insights

Colchicine (Overview)

Colchicine is used to treat several inflammatory conditions. It is known best as a treatment for acute gout and prophylaxis for gout attacks. It is also used to treat less common conditions such as familial mediterranean fever, skin vasculitis, and chronic pericarditis.


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Please describe the medication: colchicine?

Please describe the medication: colchicine?

Gout rx: Colchicine is used to treat several inflammatory conditions. It is known best as a treatment for acute gout and prophylaxis for gout attacks. It is also used to treat less common conditions such as familial mediterranean fever, skin vasculitis, and chronic pericarditis. Read more

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Which is more affective pain management of a gouty foot flare-up, Naproxen or Celebrex (celecoxib)? (along with Colchicine) Allipurinol already prescribed.

Which is more affective pain management of a gouty foot flare-up, Naproxen or Celebrex (celecoxib)? (along with Colchicine) Allipurinol already prescribed.

Probably naproxen: Naproxen has been used for many years to treat acute episodes of gout-colcichine has been used longer but has more side effects if pushed.Celebrex (celecoxib) is an N SAID too but used more for having less gastrointestinal side effects. So the person who knows best with your history is the prescribing. Doctor. Read more

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I had a gout attack about 20 days back and still have little pain. Is it safe colchicine for a few weeks as pain is not going totally away with nsaids?

I had a gout attack about 20 days back and still have little pain. Is it safe colchicine for a few weeks as pain is not going totally away with nsaids?

Maybe: Without knowing medical history, hard to tell you for sure. Normally for an acute attack of gout, if dosed correctly, pain should subside within 48 hours. Colchicine used correctly in acute attack will either resolve problem or cause severe diarhea in a short period of time. How do you know it is definately gout? Have you had it before? See your physician before doing anything else. Read more

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Taking 600mg ibuprofen 3x day and colchicine for pericarditis & beta blocker for tachicardia. How dangerous are nsaids as far as liver/kidney damage?

Taking 600mg ibuprofen 3x day and colchicine for pericarditis & beta blocker for tachicardia. How dangerous are nsaids as far as liver/kidney damage?

See below: All medications are potentially dangerous. You only take them considering risks and benefits. Nsaid's are known to cause kidney and liver problems and their effect should be monitored. If your medical problem requires the therapy with no other good options, you take the medication. Read more

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Side effects of colchicine such muscle weakness, tenderness, sharp pains, tiredness. After discontinuation, how long before they go away?

Doubt colchicine: I would doubt that your symptoms are the result of side effects of colchicine. Neurologic toxicities occurs at high doses and issues such as pain and tenderness are likely related to other causes. Why are you on Colchicine in the first place? Read more

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Are there any side effects for taking colchicine long term?

Are there any side effects for taking colchicine long term?

Yes: Long-term Colchicine use can lead to liver/kidney toxicity, bone marrow suppression w/ decreased wbcs/thrombocytes/granulo-cytopenia; aplastic anemia; muscle damage; nerve damage, & more. Discuss with your fp/rheumatologist what other options are available to prevent these complications. Read more

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Is it safe to cut a. 6mg tablet of colchicine in half and take it that way to lessen the severity of diarrhea from the medication? Or not safe to cut?

Probably not: Diarrhea is a common complain in patients taking Colchicine and may sometimes be a reason to stop taking this medication.

Furthermore, the standard dose is 0.6 mg and it is questionable if 0.3 mg would be efficacious in a person with normal functioning kidneys. It would be best to talk with your doctor about this. Read more

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Can I take colchicine with indocin (indomethacin) together without any interactions?

Can I take colchicine with indocin (indomethacin) together without any interactions?

Can cause gi problem: Colchibe and indomethscin both can cause GI distress. Also problematic for patients with kidney disease. Read more

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How much vitamin B12 should I take if I take daily colchicine?

How much vitamin B12 should I take if I take daily colchicine?

500mcg: I recommend 500mcg, but taking sl B12 2500mcg will also lower a factor in heart disease, called homocysteine. Read more

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Leucycoclastic vasculitis many years lv. Disease comes and goes. Treat. Dermatologist : dapson and colchicine, 1x1. Supplement/vit. Can help please? .

Leucycoclastic vasculitis many years lv. Disease comes and goes. Treat. Dermatologist : dapson and colchicine, 1x1. Supplement/vit. Can help please? .

Depends where it is: Leukocytoclastic vasculitis is a rather vague problem associated with a variety of disorders... I assume it was diagnosed by a skin biopsy...If it involves your lower legs I would assume it is occurring due to venous hypertension...Caused by obesity, venous obstruction or venous insuffiiciency... If this is the issue then the use of at least a knee high venous compression stocking should help. Read more

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Please describe the medication: colchicine?

Gout rx: Colchicine is used to treat several inflammatory conditions. It is known best as a treatment for acute gout and prophylaxis for gout attacks. It is also used to treat less common conditions such as familial mediterranean fever, skin vasculitis, and chronic pericarditis. Read more

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Is it ok to take colchicine 3 times a week foor three weeks?

Colchicine dosage: First I hope you are not self medicating, and that you have a prescription, whereas dosage and adminstration instructions should have already been given. It is not clear what exactly you are taking it for and at what dosage you have. I would therefore consult with the prescriber so you are clear. Read more

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Is there any other foods I need to avoid besides grapefruit while on colchicine? Any foods that can help flush it out?

Colchcine: If you're taking colchicine for gout prevention or treatment, many patients are advised to avoid organ meats like liver, kidney, and sweetbread. Many find that wine triggers attacks of gout at times. I'm not aware of the grapefruit connection and colchcine but Will look it up. Read more