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 22 7
Familial mediterranean fever 6 6
Pericarditis 6 2
Mouth sores (ulcers) 5 4
Genital ulcers (sores) 3 3

Show all 28 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 8
Mild 11
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Colchicine

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 12
Nausea 3
Stomach pain 3
Abdominal cramps 2
Acne breakout 1
Constipation 1

Show all 13 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Colchicine

Dosage Patients
0.6 mg daily 8
0.6 mg twice daily 5
1.2 mg daily 3
0.6 mg every other day 1
1 other daily 1
1.2 mg twice daily 1
500 mcg daily 1
0.6mg as needed 1
60 0.6mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Colchicine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 7
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 6
Did not seem to work 6
Side effects too severe 4
Expense 3
Personal research 1
See all 25 patients who've stopped taking Colchicine

Duration

Currently taking Colchicine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Colchicine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 31
Usually 4
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 31
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 17
Not specified 20

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Colchicine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
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
Adalimumab (Humira) 1
Infliximab (Remicade) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 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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