Colchicine is one of the medications that is used to treat gout. It can be used for the treatment of the acute gout attack or for the prophylaxis of the attack of the gout with the initiation of allopurinol or uloric. It is also used for the treatment of the pericarditis and FamilialĀ Mediterranean fever.

Its usual dose is 0.6 -1.2 mg per day although higher doses can be prescribed occasionally.

Colchicine dose should be adjusted in kidney dysfunction. It can interact with many medications, so notify your pharmacists about the full list of medications you take. Your pharmacist will advise you about the full list of the side effects.

Most common side effects are:

  • upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea

Rare side effects:

  • decreased cell counts
  • elevation of the liver enzymes
  • muscle weakness
  • rash