Is colchicine safe as maintenance to prevent gout attacks?

No. Colchicine is used for acute attacks. See your physician for better approaches for long term prevention.
I am going to be . The contrarian here as i read 2 colleagues state "no", but it certainly can be used as a maintenance to prevent attacks. As a treatment it is given .5mg every hour on the hour until one gets diarreah or throws up. As a maintenance dose it is given .5mg per day. I know of many patients that are on this regimen and i was not even the one who put them on it.
No. Colchicine is for acute attacks. There are some newer medications out there, but allopuriniol has been used for many years for this purpose.

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For a healthy 36 year old, after gout attack has resolved, can colchicine (alone) be taken to prevent future attacks and how much and for how long?

No. You need to be on a med such as Allopurinol to normalize serum uric scid and prevent the long term complication of joint damage, kidney disease and stones and arteriosclerosis. Colchicine has no effect on uric acid levels. Btw, diet has little value. Read more...
Colchicine is rough! For the long term, Allopurinol is preferred for the prevention of gout attacks. Colchicine is a bit too powerful to be used in the long term. It has too many side effects. Read more...
For acute treatment. Only and not for prophylaxis. There are 2 other medications for prophylaxis ( Allopurinol and uloric) talk to your doctor about these medications. Read more...