Colchicine is used to treat gout and Behcet’s syndrome.
Colchicine affects the way the body responds to uric acid crystals, which reduces swelling, redness, warmth, and pain associated with gout or Behcet’s syndrome. It should not be used as a routine pain medication for other conditions. It is available in Israel only in .5 mg doses and is not a cure for either condition.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as – muscle pain or weakness, numbness or tingly feeling in your fingers or toes, pale or gray appearance of your lips, tongue, or hands, severe vomiting or diarrhea, easy bruising or bleeding, feeling weak or tired, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, blood in your urine; or urinating less than usual or not at all. Less serious side effects may include – mild nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, or mild diarrhea.
The Colcrys brand of colchicine is FDA-approved to treat gout in adults, and to treat a genetic condition called Familial Mediterranean Fever in adults and children who are at least 4 years old. Generic forms of colchicine have been used to treat or prevent attacks of gout, or to treat symptoms of Behcets syndrome (such as swelling, redness, warmth, and pain). Colchicine is not a cure for gouty arthritis or Behcets syndrome, and it will not prevent these diseases from progressing. Colchicine should not be used as a routine pain medication for other conditions.