Colcrys

Generic Name: Colchicine

  • What is Colcrys?

    Colcrys is a medicine used to prevent and treat severe and painful inflammation of the joints (gout flares), and treat familial Mediterranean fever, a hereditary inflammatory disorder.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Colcrys?

    Colcrys is not a pain medicine and you should not take it to treat pain related to other conditions, unless it was specifically prescribed by your doctor for those conditions.

    Serious side effects, including death, may occur if levels of Colcrys are too high in your body. Call your doctor immediately if you have muscle weakness or pain; numbness or tingling in your fingers or toes; unusual bleeding or bruising; severe diarrhea or vomiting; increased infections; feel weak or tired; or experience a pale or gray color to your lips, tongue, or palms of your hands, severe diarrhea or vomiting.

  • Who should not take Colcrys?

    Do not take Colcrys if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you have liver or kidney problems and you take certain other medications.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Colcrys?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Colcrys. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

    If you have kidney or liver problems, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Colcrys?

    Take Colcrys exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You can take Colcrys with or without food. Do not change the dose or stop taking Colycrys, even if you start to feel better, unless your doctor tells you to do so. If you have a gout flare while you are taking Colcrys, report this to your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Colcrys?

    Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are taking Colcrys.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Colcrys?

    If Colcrys is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Colcrys may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking.

  • What are the possible side effects of Colcrys?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting

  • Can I receive Colcrys if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Colcrys during pregnancy are unknown. Colcrys can be found in your breast milk if you take it during breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Colcrys?

    If you miss a dose of Colcrys, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Colcrys?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light.