Colchicine for Gout

There are various means by which you can treat gout. You decide to use home based remedies or medications prescribed by your doctor .One of the medications that can be used in treatment of gout is Colchicine.

How Colchicine works

Colchicine which is mainly found in the form of tablets;

  • Helps in treating gout attacks.
  • Prevents a person from developing gout in the future.

Before a gout attack occurs, there is usually the formation of tiny urate crystals in particular joints of the body which is mainly caused by high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. These crystals then trigger a response in the immune system resulting in white blood cells being dispatched to the area where the crystals have formed.  The white blood cells normally interpret the crystals as unwanted material in your body and hence begin the process of engulfing the crystals. This results in the release of lactic acid together with other enzymes which cause inflammations in the affected area. These reactions also cause sharp pains that are accompanied by swelling in the joint affected by gout.

The function that Colchicine plays in this process is:

  1. Preventing the movement of white blood cells to affected area.
  2. Help in minimizing the pain and suppressing inflammations.

Caution should be taken when giving colchicines to;

  • People having gastrointestinal complications.
  • People suffering from heart, kidney or liver disease.

Colchicine should not be used by;

  • People suffering from blood dyscrasias which is a condition affecting the number of blood cells in a person’s blood.
  • Pregnant or breast feeding mothers.

You should not use the medication if any of the ingredients included in the drug can cause an allergic reaction with your body. It is also advisable to alert the doctor if you start experiencing adverse reactions when using the medication.

Concerning Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women

Certain kinds of medications should be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. This is normally done because the medication may have a negative impact on the fetus or the breastfeeding baby.

The effects of Colchicine on pregnancy have not been extensively researched; therefore it is always good to ask your doctor for other alternatives that you can use.

Another area that has not been properly researched is whether Colchicine can be transferred through breast milk to the infant; that is why Colchicine use is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.

What side effects can you get while using Colchicine to treat gout?

People react differently to this medication; some may get side effects while others may experience no side effects at all. Here are number of the side effects that may occur as a result of using colchicine:

  • Abdominal disturbances and occasional pain.
  • Feelings of nausea which may be accompanied by vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Rashes on various parts of the body.
  • General weakening of muscles.
  • Significant loss of hair.
  • Damage to organs such as the kidneys and liver

These are only a number of the side effects that can be caused by colchicine; hence it is always recommended to read the information that comes with the medication as it may have other side effects that have not been listed above.

Always inform the doctor if you are under other forms of medication

Before starting the use of any prescribed medicine it is always good to inform your doctor if there are any other forms of medications that you may be using for other conditions. Be it over the counter medication or even home based remedies, you should report it to your doctor so that you can know whether combining the medication will be safe for you.

Certain kinds of antibiotics like Marcolide antibiotics may trigger an increase of Colchicine concentration in your bloodstream by inhibiting the breakdown of colchicine by the liver; this might result in the side effects caused by use of colchicine becoming more severe.

Another example in which Colchicine can have negative effects is when it is combined with use of cyclosporine; this combination increases the chances of getting complications in your muscle tissues.

In overall Colchicine is an effective treatment medication for gout, you should only ensure that you read the instructions on the medication and follow your doctor’s advice concerning its use.

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