Colcrys may be prescribed to help prevent or reduce the painful inflammation you experience during an attack of gout. Gouty arthritis is a condition that can develop from the buildup in your blood and joints of uric acid, a naturally occurring chemical in your blood. If levels of uric acid rise too high, crystals can develop and collect in your joints. As you move those joints the friction can cause inflammation, swelling, and pain. Colcrys or generic Colchicine will not stop or cure a gout attack or reduce your uric acid levels, but it will serve to bring your relief from the inflammation. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Colcrys should be taken at the first sign of a gout attack. Once you have taken it, Colcrys decreases the number of white blood cells that are sent to the affected area. White blood cells are responsible for protecting your body from disease and threats of harm. By reducing the amount of white blood cells, Colcrys helps to break the cycle of inflammation; thereby causing a reduction in the swelling and pain. Colcrys may not always be recommended as a first-line treatment unless you unable to take non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, known as NSAIDs.
Conditions Treated by Colcrys
Your age, gender, lifestyle, weight, certain meds, and health problems such as renal insufficiency are all factors that can increase your risk of hyperuricemia which can result in gout. Some of these factors can be eliminated by changing your diet to lose weight and avoid foods high in purines. Your doctor may recommend seeing a nutritionist that can provide you with a list of foods to avoid.
Gout most commonly affects the joint at the base of the big toe. This is because your toes tend to be cooler than the rest of your body and seems to be the area with somewhat more trauma. Without treatment, gout attacks can occur more frequently and last longer causing irreversible damage or deformity to the affected joint.
Before You Take Colcrys
Ask your doctor about any risks involved with taking Colcrys if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx drugs you are taking, including herbal preparations and dietary or vitamin supplements so your doctor can determine if Colcrys is the right medicine for you.
Warnings for Colcrys
Keep Colcrys out of children’s reach as ingestion could be fatal. Colcrys may decrease the amount of clot-forming cells in your blood so you must inform your doctor or dentist if you are scheduled to undergo any procedures. Try to avoid contact with people that have colds or other infections because Colcrys can suppress your immune system.
Possible Side Effects
· Nausea or vomiting
· Stomach pain or cramps
Drugs Similar to Colcrys
· Naprosyn (NSAID)