Colchicine is an alkaloid medication that works by decreasing inflammation and reducing uric acid levels. It helps relieve gout symptoms like joint pain, swelling, and tenderness. Colchicine tablets are prescribed to those with suspected symptoms of gout or who may be a greater risk of developing the condition.
Colchicine tablets are taken orally, with or without food. Your pharmacist or GP should inform you of the instructions for use when they prescribe you the medication. You can also find the instructions for use on the patient information leaflet included in the box, as well as accessible online.
As with any medication, there is always risk of developing side effects, as not everyone’s body will respond to drugs in the same way. If you experience side effects from taking Colchicine tablets, you should contact your GP or seek medical attention right away, as it could be a sign of something more serious.
Some people may show signs of an allergic reaction to Colchicine tablets, which can include swelling of the mouth, lips or tongue, dizziness or breathing issues. If you show any of these symptoms, you must contact 999 or go to A&E.
Colchicine tablets can be taken by most adults, but it may not be suitable for some. You should always inform your GP or pharmacist of any medication you may already be on, or any symptoms you may be showing that could indicate a different undiagnosed condition.
You might not be able to buy Colchicine tablets online if you:
You should store Colchicine tablets in their original box or packaging and away from direct sunlight. You should also keep them below 25°C, keeping the container of the medication tightly closed when not taking them. This information can be found on the patient information leaflet.
You can buy Colchicine tablets online through e-Surgery. Simply complete a consultation with one of our pharmacists, and if suitable you can order Colchicine online, without the need for a doctor’s appointment. The medication will arrive at your door, hassle-free. You can use our ‘ask-a-pharmacist‘ service completely for free.
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Research is somewhat limited into the effects of Colchicine on pregnancy, but it’s generally considered safe to take, but it is rarely prescribed by GP’s or Pharmacist’s. You should inform the prescriber if you are either pregnant or plan on trying for a baby soon, as they may alter the prescription, by changing the dosage or the medication.
Yes, one of the most common side effects of Colchicine tablets is diarrhoea. If you experience side effects, you should stop taking the medication and consult a medical professional as the side effects might be an indication of something more serious.
Colchicine tablets are effective at helping reduce symptoms of gout but has been shown to be ineffective at helping reduce arthritis pain. If you suffer with rheumatoid arthritis or other types of arthritis, you should consult a medical professional, so they advise you on how to treat it and prescribe the suitable medication, if necessary.
Impotence isn’t a known side effect of Colchicine tablets, so it shouldn’t affect your sexual performance. If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, it will usually be caused from mental health issues, such as stress, anxiety or depression, or a sign of a physical health condition. You should speak to your GP or pharmacist as there is treatment options available to help improve bedroom performance.
Colchicine tablets are manufactured by various pharmaceutical companies, all over the world, so it would be dependent on where the manufacture of the medication’s headquarters is located. If you buy Colchicine tablets online through e-Surgery, our medications come from the same suppliers as any high-street pharmacy.
High blood pressure is not a commonly known side effect of taking Colchicine tablets. There is no confirmed link between Colchicine usage and a raise in blood pressure, so it’s considered safe for people with high blood pressure to take. You should inform your GP or pharmacist of the concerns you may have around your blood pressure while taking Colchicine.
No, symptoms of gout might continue while taking Colchicine tablets, but they should not worsen. If your symptoms have worsened, it might be a sign of another health condition, so it’s advised to contact your GP or pharmacist as soon as you feel the changes in side effects.
Evidence does not suggest there is any additional risk by taking Colchicine tablets with alcohol. Although alcohol does not harm the effectiveness of the medication, it could worsen the effects of gout, as it increases the amount of uric acid in your blood. So, it’s not advised to drink alcohol if you are suffering with gout, never mind when taking the medication.
Yes, Colchicine tablets can potentially damage kidneys, especially when taken in high doses or for long periods of time. When Colchicine is cleared from the body, it’s primarily done by the kidneys. With impaired kidney function, higher levels of colchicine can accumulate, making toxicity more likely.
Yes, Colchicine works by decreasing the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints that drive inflammation and swelling in those suffering with gout. Colchicine helps limit the body’s inflammatory response, therefore relieving people of pain and discomfort.
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