What is Colcrys?
Colcrys is the brand name of a drug known as Colchicine; it belongs to the class medication known as anti-gout medications. The food and drugs administration approved Colcrys for medical use in the year 2009. You can take this medicine orally. Colcrys is generally available only with a proper prescription from a doctor.
What are the uses of Colcrys?
Doctors prescribe Colcrys to treat the following medical conditions:
- Behcet’s disease
- Familial Mediterranean fever
- Any other conditions as they determine.
How Colcrys works?
Colcrys decreases swelling and reduces the production of uric acid in the body. Doctors also Colcrys to prevent pain in the abdomen, chest, or joints caused by inherited disease (familial Mediterranean fever). They believe that it works by decreasing your body’s protein production (amyloid A) that builds up in people with familial Mediterranean fever.
What precautions to take while using Colcrys?
Please do take the following precautions while taking Colcrys:
- Please take Colcrys precisely as prescribed by your doctor. Please do not take it more often than prescribed, and you should try to be consistent throughout the treatment.
- You should not take Colcrys if you are allergic to it or any of its components or if you are suffering from any kidney or liver disease.
- Lactating mothers and expecting women should not take this medication without consulting their doctor.
- You should frequently visit your doctor and take proper body checkups to avoid Colcrys’s unpleasant and unwanted effects.
- Please avoid medical errors.
- Tell your health expert if you are on any over-the-counter medication.
- Please don’t stop taking Colcrys suddenly; otherwise, you may suffer through the withdrawal symptoms.
- Colcrys may affect some medical tests; tell your pathologist that you are on this medication.
- You can consult your doctor to learn more about the risks and benefits associated with Colcrys.
- If you ever experience uneasiness or any overdose symptoms after using Colcrys, you should immediately consult your doctor and ask for medical help. You can also get emergency medical assistance by calling the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Some of the Colcrys overdose symptoms that one can experience are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, pain in the stomach, muscle weakness, little or no urination, numbness or tingling, weak pulse, slow heart rate, shallow breathing, or fainting.
- Please avoid using grapefruit while using Colcrys; it may increase the risk of certain side effects.
- You should ask your doctor about all the other necessary precautions that you should take while using Colcrys.
What are Colcrys side effects?
Some of the common side effects of using Colcrys are as follows:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in the stomach
You should stop taking medicine and tell your doctor if you experience the following health-related issues:
- Pain or weakness in the muscles
- Numbness and tingling in fingers or toes
- Pale or grey colored lips, tongue, or hands
- Severe vomiting
- Pain in the body
- Symptoms of flu
- Easy bruising
- Unusual bleeding
You must report to your doctor from time to time if you ever experience any new symptoms or your symptoms are getting even worse.