What is Colchicine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Colcrys

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Colchicine is used for the treatment of acute gouty arthritis attacks and prevention of recurrences of such attacks

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Behcet's disease 26 9
Familial mediterranean fever 8 6
Pericarditis 6 2
Mouth sores (ulcers) 5 4
Pseudogout (calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease) 4 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 7
Moderate 9
Mild 12
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Colchicine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 15
Nausea 4
Stomach pain 3
Abdominal cramps 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Acne breakout 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Colchicine

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.6 mg twice daily 5
0.6 mg daily 4
2 mg daily 1
1.2 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Colchicine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 8
Doctor's advice 8
Other 7
Side effects too severe 7
Course of treatment ended 6
Expense 3
Personal research 2
See all 28 patients who've stopped taking Colchicine

Duration

Currently taking Colchicine

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Colchicine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 37
Usually 4
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 37
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 19
Not specified 24

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Colchicine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Prednisone (Deltasone) 3
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 2
Allopurinol (Zyloprim) 1
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Colchicine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Adalimumab (Humira) 1
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Infliximab (Remicade) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
Triamcinolone topical (Triamcinolone acetonide cream) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Colchicine

Jan 15, 2012 (Started Nov 25, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for gout)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Once you go over your "tolerable dose", severe stomach pain and nausea for 24 hours.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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