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Generic Name: Colchicine
Product Name: Colgout


Colchicine is used for:

  • Pain relief in acute attacks of gout
  • Prevention of recurrent attacks of gout
  • Prevention of gout when a patient is commencing medication to lower their urate levels


Gout is caused by the body’s reaction to the deposition of urate crystals which produces pain and inflammation. Colchicine reduces the body reaction to the urate crystals by reducing the immune response.

Dose advice

Acute attacks of gout

  • The initial recommended dose is 1 mg and this may be followed by 1 tablet every 2-3 hours until pain relief is achieved or until side effects are unbearable.
  • The maximum recommended dose is 8 mg.
  • This regimen should not be repeated within 3 days.
  • For the prevention of gout 1 tablet is given once or twice daily.
  • Patients with impaired kidney function may require dose alterations



Common side effects

Uncommon side effects

  • Bleeding from the stomach or intestines
  • Rash

For further information talk to your doctor.


Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 12 May, 2006


Created by: myVMC