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Gout and Colchicine

Written by sshowalter, FoundHealth.

Effect of Colchicine on Gout

Colchicine is given during a gout attack to relieve the pain, swelling, and inflammation. It works by decreasing the acidity of joint tissue and preventing deposits of uric acid crystals in joints. This medicine may also be taken in smaller doses to help prevent recurrent gout attacks. Colchicine is given either by mouth or by IV in a vein. When taken orally, it should be taken with food or liquids to help prevent stomach upset.

Read more details about Colchicine.

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• If you have kidney disease, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have liver disease, talk with healthcare provider.

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.

• Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• Belly pain.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Diarrhea.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Signs or symptoms of infection. These include a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher, chills, severe sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, increased sputum or change in color, painful urination, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.

• Numbness or tingling of hands or feet.

• Severe nausea or vomiting.

• Severe diarrhea.

• Feeling extremely tired or weak.

• Severe muscle pain or weakness.

• Unusual bruising or bleeding.

• Any rash.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

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