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Colcrys can be prescribed to treat gout flare ups. Colcrys is available as a generic under the name Colchicine. This medication helps reduce the build up of uric acid that can crystallize within your joints causing pain and swelling.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Colcrys orally as directed by your doctor. This medication can be taken with or without food. Do not change or increase your dose without being instructed to by your doctor.
There are other cases where Colcrys can be used. Follow the doctors instructions on dose and scheduling to ensure a safe and effective treatment .For treating gout take the medication at first signs of an attack.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Colcrys. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to kidney problems, and liver problems. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Colcrys.
Alcohol can decrease the effect of Colcrys. Speak with your doctor about the safe limits of alcohol while using this medication.
Your body may less efficient in how it absorbes nutrients and vitamins like vitamin B12. Speak with your doctor if you are prone to vitamin deficiencies.
The active medical ingredient Colchicine can reduce sperm count in men. Speak with your doctor if you are a male attempting to conceive a child while taking Colcrys.
You should avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking Colcrys. Grapefruit can reduce how the medication is absorbed in the body and will decrease the effectiveness.
Side effects for Colcrys are: diarrhea, nausea, cramping, stomach or abdominal pain, muscle pain/pain and numbness/tingling in the fingers or toes, and vomiting.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Colcrys?
A: You doctor will determine the best dosage based on your condition and how you respond to treatment.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: For gout attacks you should take the medication at first signs of attack for relief.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. This drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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