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What is Colcrys?
Colcrys (colchicine) changes how the body reacts to uric acid crystals, reducing swelling and pain.
The FDA has approved the Colcrys brand of colchicine for the treatment of gout in adults and a genetic condition known as Familial Mediterranean Fever in adults and children over the age of 4.
Colchicine generic forms help treat or prevent gout attacks, as well as to treat symptoms of Behcet’s syndrome (such as redness, warmth, pain, and swelling). You can easily order colcrys online or from a pharmacy store.
Colcrys is not considered a cure for gouty arthritis or Behcet’s syndrome, and it will not slow the progression of these diseases. Do not use Colcrys as a routine pain medicine for other conditions.
Combining certain medications with Colcrys may lead to serious drug interactions. Inform all of your healthcare providers about all medications you are currently taking, as well as any medicine you start or stop using.
Tell your doctor if you have heart disease, liver or kidney disease, a stomach ulcer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, intestinal bleeding, or any other severe gastrointestinal disorder before taking Colcrys.
If you take Colcrys for an extended time, you may need to have your blood tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
You should contact the doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects such as muscle pain or weakness, numbness or tingling in your fingers or toes, severe vomiting or diarrhea, easy bruising or bleeding, feeling weak or tired, flu symptoms, blood in your urine, a pale appearance of your lips, tongue, or hands, or urinating less frequently or not at all.
What to know before taking Colcrys?
Do not use Colcrys if you are allergic to colchicine.
When combined with Colcrys, some medications can have unwanted or dangerous side effects, especially if you have liver or kidney disease. Your doctor may need to alter your treatment plan if you take any of the following drugs:
- itraconazole or ketoconazole
- clarithromycin or telithromycin
- HIV or AIDS medicine, including atazanavir, darunavir, fosamprenavir, indinavir, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, or saquinavir
To make sure that Colcrys is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- if you take digoxin or cholesterol-lowering medications
It is unclear whether this medication will harm an unborn child. If you become pregnant during treatment, tell your doctor.
Colchicine can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. If you are breastfeeding a child, tell your doctor.
How to take Colcrys?
Take Colcrys as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take Colcrys in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not order colchicine online or from vendors outside of the United States.
Misusing this medication or without consulting a doctor can result in serious side effects or death.
Take Colcrys with or without food.
Take Colcrys as soon as you notice the first signs of a gout attack for best results. The longer you wait to take your medication, the less effective it will be.
If you still have gout pain an hour after the first dose, you may need to take a lower dose of Colcrys. Pay attention to your doctor’s instructions.
The dose you receive will depend on the reason you are taking this medication. The doses of colchicine for gout and Mediterranean fever are not the same.
Do not stop taking Colcrys even if you feel fine unless your doctor tells you to.
If your symptoms worsen or do not seem to improve, contact your doctor.
You may need frequent medical tests if you take this medicine for a long time.
Store Colcrys at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. When not in use, keep the bottle tightly closed.
Dosage for the treatment of gout flares
Oral tablet (Colcrys): A typical dose is 1.2 mg taken at the first sign of gout flare, followed by 0.6 mg an hour later.
Dosage for prevention of gout flares
The typical dose is 0.6 mg once or twice daily.
Dosage for familial mediterranean fever
Adults and children 12 and older
A typical daily dose ranges from 1.2 mg to 2.4 mg.
Children aged 4 to 12
The typical dose ranges from 0.3 mg to 1.8 mg and depends on the age of the child.
A colchicine overdose can be fatal.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, muscle weakness, little or no urination, numbness or tingling, weak pulse, slow heart rate, weak or shallow breathing, or fainting are all possible overdose symptoms.
What to avoid while using Colcrys?
Colchicine may interact with grapefruit and grapefruit juice, causing unwanted side effects. When taking Colcrys, stay away from grapefruit products.
Colcrys side effects
Some common side effects of Colcrys may include:
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
Serious side effects
- numbness or tingly feeling in your fingers or toes
- pale or gray appearance of your lips, tongue, or hands
- severe or ongoing vomiting or diarrhea
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms
- easy bruising, unusual bleeding, feeling weak or tired
- muscle pain or weakness
Colchicine (Colcrys) can cause infertility in men (inability to have children), which is reversible if you stop the medication.
What drugs can interact with Colcrys?
Interactions between medications can change how they work or put you at risk for serious side effects. Colchicine interacts with a variety of drugs, and some drugs should not be taken together. Prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products are all included. You should tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking, as well as any you start or stop taking during your Colcrys treatment.
Colchicine can cause serious (even fatal) muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) in rare cases. Muscle damage may result in the release of substances that can cause serious kidney problems. Taking colchicine with other drugs that can cause rhabdomyolysis can increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis. Some affected drugs include Digoxin, gemfibrozil, pravastatin, and simvastatin.
Certain laboratory tests may be affected by this medication, which could result in false results. Make certain that all of your doctors and laboratory personnel are aware that you are taking this medication. If you want to buy colcrys online, make sure to check all the drug interactions.