What is Colgout (Colchicine) used for?
Colgout (Colchicine) is used in the treatment or prevention of gout attacks. This drug helps to relieve the swelling of the joints caused by gout, such as in the knee, ankle or big toe. Gout occurs when the amount of uric acid in the blood is too high. Excessive uric acid levels in the blood can cause the uric acid to form crystals in the joints. This medication works by reducing the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints which cause pain to occur, which in turn helps to reduce swelling in the affected area.
Apart from being used for gout, this drug is also used to treat a disease known as familial Mediterranean fever, which causes pain to occur in the chest or joints. It is effective in treating these symptoms by reducing the production in the body of a certain protein that causes these symptoms to occur.
How should I use Colgout (Colchicine)?
Colgout (Colchicine) comes in the form of tablets, which are taken orally, with or without food. The exact dosage varies for each patient, depending on the severity of the condition being treated. Patients should always consult their physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. You should never exceed the dosage prescribed to you by your physician, nor should you take this drug for longer than is recommended by your physician.
What are the side effects of Colgout (Colchicine)?
Some side effects may occur as a result of taking Colgout (Colchicine), such as:
Patients should consult their physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if any other more serious side effects occur, such as blood in urine, muscular pain, numbness, a pale appearance of the lips, severe and persistent vomiting or fever.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Colgout (Colchicine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.