What is colchicine?
Colchicine is indicated for use as a preventative measure against gout flare-ups. Gout is a type of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals building up in the joints. Gout attacks can be extremely painful and often come on without warning. Like other forms of arthritis, gout can affect nearly any joint in the body but is most commonly felt in the big toe before the condition spreads to other areas.
Common symptoms of a gout flare-up include:
- Intense, sharp joint pain
- Joint discomfort (often lingering after an attack)
- Burning, or warm feelings in the affected area
- Limited range of motion
Colchicine helps prevent these symptoms and reduces the discomfort caused by gout attacks.