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Colchicine injection
COLCHICINE - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

COLCHICINE - INJECTION

(COAL-cheh-seen)

Uses

This medication is used in the treatment of gout. It relieves symptoms of gout and helps prevent further attacks. It is also used to prevent and treat the symptoms of certain other diseases that affect the joints, skin and internal organs.

How To Use

To control a gout attack, start using this medication at the first signs of an attack. Stop using this as soon as gout pain is relieved or at the first signs of stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Follow your doctor's directions for use in other conditions and consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Side Effects

Stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. Inform your doctor if these effects persist for 3 hours or longer after you have stopped taking colchicine. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience pain, redness or swelling at the place of injection. Notify your doctor if you develop: yellowing of the eyes or skin, sore throat, fever, chills, easy bruising or bleeding, muscle weakness, numbness or tingling of hands or feet, fatigue, skin rash, bloody urine, diarrhea, burning feeling in stomach/skin or throat. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Alcohol can decrease the effectiveness of this medication. Limit alcohol consumption while taking this. Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, stomach or intestinal problems, heart problems, bleeding disorders. Before having surgery, including dental surgery, tell your doctor you are taking colchicine. Colchicine is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for details. This medication passes into breast milk. The effects on a nursing infant are in question. Consult your doctor before you breast-feed.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, especially of: NSAID (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, phenylbutazone). If you are to take a urine test while using this medication, tell the doctor or laboratory personnel that you are taking colchicine because colchicine may affect the test results.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

Colchicine relieves pain but only pain associated with gout. It should not be used for any other type of pain. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from sunlight.