Colchicine is a medication that is classified as a beta-tubulin interactor. The exact way in which it takes effect is currently unknown, although it is thought to impact protein levels in the body.
Colchicine is used to treat gout symptoms as well as FMF or Familial Mediterranean Fever. It is also used in the treatment of other conditions.
Never take more colchicine than has been recommended to you by a doctor.
Colchicine can impact the effectiveness of your body’s immune system. While on this drug, stay away from people with colds, coughs, sore throats and other infectious diseases.
This medication can also decrease your platelet count. This can lower your body’s ability to clot when you are injured. Avoid bruises and cuts when you are on Colchicine.
If you experience unusual signs of bruises or bleeding, tell your doctor immediately. Also tell them if you have symptoms of intestinal bleeding.
If someone accidentally ingests a pill of Colchicine, it could result in fatal side effects or an overdose. Always keep this medication away from children.
Nausea and vomiting are common side effects. Ask your doctor for pills or treatment to stop these effects. If they persist, you may have to get emergency help.
Before going in for surgery or dental care, tell your doctor and other healthcare professionals about the medication you are on, including Colchicine.
Muscular and nervous side effects are more common in the elderly as well as in young children as they are more vulnerable and sensitive.
If you are pregnant or you become pregnant while taking this drug, you have to talk to a doctor immediately.
Do not nurse a newborn while on a course of Colchicine. There have been traces of the medication found in breast milk.
Do not use this drug if you have allergies, liver problems, kidney problems, or are on medication like ritonavir, cyclosporine, and other antivirals and antifungals.
Tell your doctor before taking Colchicine if you have allergies to food, or are taking HMG-Co A reductase inhibitors. These can interact and cause fatal muscle disorders.
Take this medication precisely how your doctor has told you to. Read the label that is provided with the medicine before taking it.
When given a refill you are also given a leaflet with doses, contact numbers and other important information. Read this immediately and before every dose refill.
Take this medicine orally. Food and mealtimes do not have an impact on how effective it is at treating your condition.
Missed doses and overdose
If you miss a dose, take it when you know you have. If you are about to take the next dose, ignore the one you missed. Never take extra to make up for a missed one.
If you overdose on this medication, it could be fatal. Contact emergency medical services immediately along with the local poison helpline.
Common side effects include:
More severe side effects include:
Pale lips and tongue
Call your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects.
Stop taking this drug immediately if you notice an allergic reaction.
Do not take it with grapefruit juice. Do not eat grapefruit products. Do not drink alcohol or smoke while on Colchicine.