Colcrys (Colchicine) is a medication used to prevent and treat attacks of gout. It is an alternative to Non-Steroidal-Anti-Inflammatory-Drugs (NSAIDs).
Colcrys is available as 0.6 mg oral tablets. The number of tablets to takes varies based on a doctor’s prescription. Tablets are usually taken either once or twice every day.
Important Tests and Risks
It is important for patients taking Colcrys to have their blood tested occasionally to monitor blood counts and watch out for rare but possible side effects.
Some medicines are not safe to take while taking Colcrys. Some examples are: clarithromycin, cyclosporine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, telithromycin, nefazodone, and HIV protease inhibitors. Patients should make sure their doctor and pharmacist knows all of the medications and any supplements that they are taking.
It is known that drinking alcohol can flare gout and make it worse. It is best for patients with gout to avoid alcohol completely.