Treats gout attacks, gouty arthritis, and other medical problems.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to colchicine. Colchicine should not be taken if you have serious heart, liver, or kidney disease, a severe stomach disorder, or a blood disorder.
How to Use This Medicine
- Take this medicine exactly as your doctor ordered. Even if you think the medicine is not working, do not stop taking it or take more than your doctor ordered.
- May be taken with or without food.
If a dose is missed:
- Take the missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for your next regular dose, skip the missed dose and take your medicine at your usual time.
- You should not use two doses at the same time.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking colchicine.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any cancer medicine, medicine to treat an overactive thyroid, Imuran®, chloramphenicol, Cytoxan®, zidovudine, interferon, ganciclovir, flucytosine, or phenylbutazone.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Check with your doctor before taking this medicine if you have heart, liver, or kidney disease, ulcers or other stomach problems, a blood disorder, or alcoholism.
- If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea while taking colchicine, stop taking the medicine and call your doctor right away.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Stomach pain or a burning feeling in the stomach or throat
- Bloody urine or a sudden decrease in urine amounts
- Bloody or black tarry stools
- Numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in hands or feet
- Rash, hives, or swelling
- Fever or sore throat
- Abnormal bleeding or bruising
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Hair loss
- Appetite loss