Colchicine 500mcg Tablets
- Treatment for Gout
- Used where NSAIDs not suitable
- Medicines sourced in the UK
Colchicine 500mcg Tablets
Colchicine is a medicine that is used to treat an acute attack of gout. It works in a fast and efficient manner to relieve symptoms of an outbreak within a short period.
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Order Colchicine online for Gout Treatment
Colchicine 500mcg tablets can be ordered from our UK registered online prescribing service. Simply complete an online medical questionnaire as part of your order. This helps our prescribers make sure it is safe and suitable to prescribe for you.
If approved by our medical team, our pharmacy team will receive a prescription. This will be dispensed and dispatched to your delivery address.
What is Colchicine?
Colchicine is a medication you can take to treat your gout symptoms during a gout attack. You’ll normally use Colchicine tablets if you can’t take over the counter painkillers like ibuprofen, or if these painkillers aren’t enough to help you deal with your symptoms. You can take Colchicine regularly to help avoid gout attacks, or you can take it as soon as you get a gout attack to help treat your symptoms.
How do Colchicine tablets work?
Gout happens when there’s a build-up of uric acid in the blood. If your levels of uric acid get too high, tiny grit-like crystals can collect in your joints. The crystals hurt the tissues of the joint, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain.
Colchicine works by blocking your white blood cells from getting to the joints where you’re having gout symptoms. This stops your joints from swelling up too much and helps make your gout less painful.
What is Colchicine used for?
Colchicine is used to treat Gout, which is a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes sudden, extremely painful inflammation, usually in just one joint, most commonly the big toe. Gout is caused by a build of uric acid, consumed through your diet, inside the body that then builds up and crystallizes inside the joints.
Symptoms of Gout include:
- Sudden, intense joint pain
If you are unsure if you are suffering from Gout you should see a doctor who will be able to offer an appropriate diagnosis and discuss treatment options.
A treatment course of Colchicine is a maximum of 6mg (12 tablets) over 3 to 6 days. It's important to stick to your prescribed Colchicine dose. Taking even a little bit more can be very serious.
How quickly does Colchicine work?
Colchicine is an incredibly quick treatment option for easing pain and discomfort caused by gout. It begins to break down the uric acid in your body within 30 minutes - 2 hours and most people will feel noticeable relief from their condition within 1 - 2 days.
Alternatives to Colchicine
Several other medicines can be used to treat an acute flare up of gout. This includes Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen. On some occasions, patients are prescribed a short course of corticosteroid tablets like prednisolone.
If you experience frequent gout attacks, speak with your doctor about prevention measures such as Allopurinol.
Colchicine Side Effects
Like all medicines, colchicine can cause adverse effects, although not everyone gets them. However, even mild side effects of colchicine can be serious. If you notice any of the following side effects when taking this medicine, you should call 999 or immediately go to A&E:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Have a high temperature, swollen mouth, sore throat, bleeding that does not stop, unusual bruising or skin problems – these can be signs of a serious problem with your blood
See the patient information leaflet for a complete list of possible side effects.
The information leaflet for Colchicine can be found by clicking here.