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Generic: colchicine
It is for joint pain and swelling due to attacks of acute gouty arthritis
               



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What is this medicine?

COLCHICINE (KOL chi seen) is for joint pain and swelling due to attacks of acute gouty arthritis. The medicine is also used to treat familial Mediterranean fever.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • anemia
  • blood disorders like leukemia or lymphoma
  • heart disease
  • immune system problems
  • intestinal disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • muscle pain or weakness
  • take other medicines
  • stomach problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to colchicine, other medicines, lactose, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 4 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol
  • certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin
  • certain medicines for coughs and colds
  • certain medicines to help you breathe better
  • cyclosporine
  • digoxin
  • epinephrine
  • grapefruit or grapefruit juice
  • methenamine
  • sodium bicarbonate
  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, and telithromycin
  • some medicines for an irregular heartbeat or other heart problems
  • some medicines for cancer, like lapatinib and tamoxifen
  • some medicines for fungal infection
  • some medicines for HIV

               
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