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General Information on Colchicine

Generic Name : Colchicine

Pronunciation : kol' chi seen

Latest prescription information about Colchicine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Gout Therapy

Trade Names/Brand Names of Colchicine

Why is Colchicine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an anti-gout agent, prescribed for gout or gouty arthritis. This medication reduces swelling and pain.  It stops the natural processes that cause swelling and other symptoms of gout or gouty arthritis.

When should Colchicine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with severe gastrointestinal, liver, kidney and heart diseases and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category D :

There is an evidence of fetal risk based on adverse reaction data, but potential benefits may allow the drug to be used in pregnant women despite risks.

What is the dosage of Colchicine?

Arthritis - The usual dose is 1 to 1.2 mg (two 0.5 mg granules or two 0.6 mg tablets). It may be increased if needed.

How should Colchicine be taken?

It comes as a tablet, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Colchicine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of blood disorder, stomach or bowel problems, heart, liver or kidney problems, underwent dialysis, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children less than 4 years, during pregnancy and breast feeding.
Avoid excess dosage.
Avoid contact with people who have infections.
It may reduce platelet counts; avoid injury or bruising.
Monitor complete blood cell counts, kidney function and liver function regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Colchicine?

   Severe effects : Bone marrow depression.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach discomfort.
   Blood : Decreased white blood cells.
   Others : Rash, fever, sore throat and unusual bleeding or bruising.

What are the other precautions for Colchicine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Colchicine?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container.


Schedule : H

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