What is Colgout (Colchicine) used for?
Colgout (Colchicine) is an oral medication prescribed to treat patients suffering from gout. It operates by preventing the white blood cells from surrounding the uric acid crystals to prevent swelling and pain caused by them. Your doctor may also prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Colgout (Colchicine)?
Colgout (Colchicine) should always be used exactly as instructed to ensure the most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally administered daily, but your individual instructions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed whole with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach. A snack or meal is recommended before use if you experience nausea. Do not alter the form of the tablets as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about the medication to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Colgout (Colchicine)?
The use of Colgout (Colchicine) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are intense diarrhoea or vomiting, fever, flu symptoms, sensitive skin, easier bruising, muscle pain, tingling sensations, blood appearing in the urine, or urinary retention. These conditions may require lower doses or reduced application frequency to prevent further complications from occurring.
Do not begin using Colgout (Colchicine) if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have abnormal blood cell counts. Also disclose if you have heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, or gastrointestinal conditions as these conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Colgout (Colchicine) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Colgout (Colchicine) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.