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User Reviews for Colchicine

Also known as: Colcrys, Mitigare, Gloperba

Colchicine has an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 from a total of 86 ratings on Drugs.com. 66% of those users who reviewed Colchicine reported a positive effect, while 19% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Colchicine reviews 7.4 86 reviews

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Reviews for Colchicine

AROL · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 25, 2021

For Gout, Acute: “Very positive - I only take the medication at the onset of a gout attack. Most of the pain and swelling is gone by the next day.”

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Marky · Taken for less than 1 month January 16, 2021

For Gout, Prophylaxis: “Don't bother I took colchicine a few days and all I got was a gut ache, diarrhoea and come with a risk of your hair thinning and at my age it would probably stay like that. Gout is no better so I am getting these changed to another med but there is virtually no choice, you either take Prednisone steroids which makes you fat and depressed or you take NSAIDS unless they give you prescription strength you can buy them yourself over the counter. So I believe you are on your own with Gout .”

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2erRisPatient · Taken for 10 years or more December 16, 2020

For Gout, Acute: “This colchicine is good medication if it's taken with care. Help lower uric acid. Dose and duration may result in you needing to go to the ER as it has a very narrow therapeutic range. One time ER never found it as culprit. Second time same symptoms discontinued. Now tried few days on off. But every time new symptom worsen. Discontinued ( -10 )*”

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kcjh216 April 17, 2014

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “I like to say Colcrys 0.6 is THE BEST. I got the prescription barely yesterday and just about 8 hrs later I was without pain on my ankles and my burning disappeared, I was able to sleep. After being unable to sleep for 3 consecutive days. Thanks to this wonderful medication I was able to sleep last night and able to workout. As for side effects only soft stools but nothing extreme. DEFINITELY I RATHER DEAL WITH SOFT STOOL THAN DEALING WITH ALL THAT BURNING AND PAIN ON MY FEET! I truly regret not taking this medicine since 6 yrs ago. I just did not know I sadly have gout. GLADLY NOW I FOUND COLCRYS.”

10 / 10
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Cadog · Taken for 10 years or more July 13, 2019

For Gout, Acute: “Been using Colchicine now for 12 years. Only recently started having the stomach side effects. Works really quickly for me. 100% success. Always carry some with me, as soon as I start to get symptoms I take a tablet. Think I prefer the need to go to the toilet far more than the pain from gout.”

10 / 10
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Marco January 18, 2020

For Gout, Acute: “Have had gout before, first was worst thought my foot was broken. Had odd flares since but this last one was terrible, no sleep etc etc, still trying to go to work, ages to put a shoe in and cut the end out a sock. Thought it was getting better then day 5 got way worse couldn’t bare it and NAISD not making any difference. Hospital at 10:45pm and given this, with in 12 hours relief & no side effect (taken with food and water) my only regret is I didn’t do something earlier. Fantastic for Gout so pleased I was prescribed it.”

10 / 10
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Budnotweiser November 3, 2016

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “Hello everybody i have chronic gout and osteoarthritis had it for 15 years and am going thru a bad gout attack today right ankle joint feels like somebody busted a empty bottle and broken glass inside my cartilage it is the most pain imagined not even 30 mg hydrocodone helps ,this is my 40th or so attacks in my life lost count. main cause for me was uric acid caused by drinking beer for many years i never learned .yea i took just about everything from several meds indomethacin,diflonec,allopurinol curently and today colcrys x3 pills which will knock it out here in about few hours ,drink plenty water and yea diarrea to flush out comes with it ,i have cut out drinking for over 6 weeks and just one six pack one day and Bamm!!full blown gout”

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Uncle201 · Taken for less than 1 month September 11, 2013

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “Urgent care Doc gave me Colcrys and Voltaren for a flare up in my kneee. First flare ever in knee, wow, I thought it was bad in the foot, but it's nothing compared to the knee! The doctor gave me a 3 day supply, buy the end of day 1 I was at least 75% better, by the end of day two no pain. This worked wonders for me, good luck to you.”

10 / 10
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Mike Aussie July 31, 2017

For Gout, Acute: “... but my side effects from colchicine were terrible - the doc had put me on 2 x 5mg and then 5mg every 6 hours. 24 hours later I had spontaneous diarrhoea and vomiting for 36 hours - unable to eat much and a terrible time. I wanted to warn everyone about the side effects. New research says the most effective AND least toxic dose for colchicine is only 2 tablets and then 1 one hour after flare ups. ”

7 / 10
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FMF since 1978 April 14, 2019

Colcrys (colchicine) for Familial Mediterranean Fever: “I used to take generic colchicine (since 1980). The Westward brand upset my stomach the least--tho if I missed a dose, I'd have an FMF (familial mediterranean fever) flare. So I'd taken it for years. Then Mutual/Takeda put colchicine--active ingredient from the Autumn Crocus (which dates back to Pharonic times) through the FDA process and took advantage of the Orphan Exclusivity Drug act because it's used for a rare disease--as well as to treat gout--to have a corner on the market for 7 years. The price went up immensely--it used to cost me $15 for 180 pills (three month supply) and it went up to $350/mo with Takeda's Colchrys. The Takeda product really upset my digestive system. I switched to a Turkish product ($3 for 50 pills--take 2 daily) and have also tried the Mexican brand ($3 for 20 days worth). I feel much better using both of these than the Colcrys or the generic Colcrys (also by Takeda). Colchicine is very helpful for FMF--but the shenanigans by Mutual and Takeda screwed the FMF patient.”

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Dan · Taken for 2 to 5 years April 10, 2018

For Gout, Acute: “Have had a few Gout attacks usually a year apart but severe to the point of crippling pain, and loss of work. To the point of no weight bearing and crutches on affected ankle this time. Colcochine 0.6mg two to start & 0.6 mg in four hours and 0.6 daily until pain gone. Works to 75% mobility and pain reduction in 12-24 hours everytime. For me this is a life saver. I don't view this as much as a drug as an herbal remedy. Its from a poison plant the "meadow saffron" from what I understand. The colcochine acts as a blocker. You'll need another drug to break down the crystals that cause the gout from forming for daily maintenance to keep levels down and break up the crystals.”

10 / 10
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Jxnray7 · Taken for less than 1 month September 30, 2016

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “Had a bad flare up of gout in my let foot. Dr. prescribed Colcrys and after three days I had no relief from the pain, swelling or burning, but I did have terrible nausea and diahrrea. Doctor then switched me to Indomethacine and within hours the pain started to subside. Now, two days later, I'm about 80% back to normal.”

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Finn · Taken for less than 1 month June 14, 2018

For Gout, Acute: “Hi all! Now I know all about “Gout Flares”!!! I have never experienced so much pain in my life!! The way I found out is 3rd ER visit ( since nothing they gave me was working) Finally Cigna ER Doctor ordered blood work. Uric Acid level was 9.3., then told me what I probably had. This drug is amazing! Big diet, lifestyle changes for me, I quit drinking about 20 years ago - ordered delivery and take out all the time. Therefore I’m overweight by 50. lbs. I’m glad I found this site, I hope we all feel better soon!!”

8 / 10
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Danny, Florida December 21, 2011

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “I have had 2 gout attacks in the last 3 months. For my most recent attack (and the worst I've ever had) I got virtually no relief from using Colcrys. I took the first 2 days of pills, but no improvement. I switched to Indocin, and have had about 50% relief overnight and getting better still. The original colchicine was good and acted quickly, but something is very different about Colcrys. I won't take it again for gout attacks.”

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Stirgy · Taken for less than 1 month December 19, 2014

For Gout, Acute: “I used to get gout in the past. Mainly in my big toe, occasionally severe - meaning I could not sleep, or walk. Basically - when it was at its worse - it was a living hell. I was prescribed a preventative (probenecid?), along with pain meds. Then I was given Colchicine. The way I was prescribed it was unusual - I was told to take a pill every hour until I became sick! Well, about 6 hours and six pills later - I slowly became ill, had the runs, was throwing up - felt like I had the flu. But, after all that nastiness passed, amazingly the pain in my toe was gone! It seemed to have been flushed from my system. My toe was still red and itchy, but the pain was gone. It was amazing! Ultimately, the side-effects were surely worth the relief!”

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gyro · Taken for less than 1 month November 1, 2012

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “This medication worked for my first acute gout flare, although I was prescribed a low dose 0.3 twice a day because of it's toxic property. Later I discovered 1.2 for first dose then 0.6 an hour later then prophylactic use until flare up was under control. The side effects where mainly bowl related. It was probably a good idea to start with a low dose, but did not get relief until I had to start the dose over with 1.2 then 0.6.”

8 / 10
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Mcnewg · Taken for less than 1 month February 2, 2014

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “This is my second gout attack I have taken Colcrys with. First was my right wrist and second my right toes. I have gotten along well with 0.6mg taken once a day. Only side effect I have noticed was more solid stools. I noticed pain relief within the first day. I did take a pain pill as well with my toe flare up but swelling did start to go down after first day on Colcrys. It works for me.”

9 / 10
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KO1983 · Taken for less than 1 month January 14, 2015

For Gout, Acute: “I've had about 4 to 6 gout attacks over the past year, and I'm 31 yrs old. Overall healthy, just like to have way to much fun, and eat real good too. That being said, the gout attack I'm suffering with now was a Beast Mode of an attack to my ankle, and it's lasted for nearly week. At first, doctor gave me prednisone (steroid pack), that did absolutely nothing to help. Got a shot of cortisone in my back side, which didn't help either, since the gout is in my ankle. (in past, direct cortisone shot to affected area would do wonders!) So, I call the doctor's office after my pain has not gone down, and if anything its gone up! Doctor gives me Colcrys..says.."SD affect diarrhea" not on 1st day/2nd day for me...but it's a miracle medicine, Pain free.”

8 / 10
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Gutcramp68106 · Taken for less than 1 month June 18, 2017

For Gout, Acute: “Doc loaded me up heavy on day one. The morning of day 2 I can walk again without wishing death upon all of humanity. I'm taking a sustained dose now of twice a day. I've been dealing with shoot through a screen door green apple diarrhea but the pain is going. Gonna stay hydrated. Feel night and day better. Tried cherries, Apple cider vinegar, and nsaids leading up to this one. First time using Cochicine. Does the job and quickly.”

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mozak · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 25, 2015

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “I had a severe gout attack on my left wrist the pain was so bad I thought I was going to pass out. My Dr. prescribed Colcrys 0.6 mg 3 times a day. By the time I took the 2nd pill the swelling started to go down and I had enough mobility to perform my job, operating a train.”

10 / 10
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apeach_4u2 November 13, 2011

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “Gout is so painful. After first doses of Colcrys had immediate relief. I had fallen on my knee and was being treated for osteoarthritis with no relief. Went to arthritis doctor who told me it was gout in my knee. Went on Colcyrs and I can walk again.”

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rossmurry September 8, 2012

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “My doctor put me on Indomethacin during a Gout attack. She said that taking Colcrys during a flare up can dislodge uric acid crystals from other parts of the body, which can end up in the affected area, making it worse. After 13 days I am on Colcrys. A little bit of upset stomach, but I will trade it for the pain any day. Manufacturer has printable coupons and voucher to help with the cost. Good luck.”

9 / 10
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JD Hall September 11, 2017

Colcrys (colchicine) for Gout, Acute: “I get flare ups of gout, almost always in the largest toe joint sometimes often, and then not for months. But I ALWAYS have an 11 pill series of Colcrys with me. I don't travel ANYWHERE without it and my indomethicin. 4 pills the 1st day, then one a day for 7 days. The pain is better after the 1st pill, less the second day and usually I can put a shoe on, walk and drive on day 3. I suffered for years before I found out about colcrys, and spent many attacks in horrible pain, in the military, where all I could do was lace up my combat boots and soldier on. I tried the "home remedies" with NO relief.”

9 / 10
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Dober October 12, 2019

For Gout, Acute: “Wish doctor would have warned about the diarrhea. Taking this and Indomethacin at same time. I’ve had flare ups 20 years about once year. First time taking this. Instructions were take two 0.6 mg tablets then one hour later take another. Then twelve hours later another. Was thinking about getting haircut today but that might be out lol.”

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Colchicine user · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 22, 2019

For Gout, Acute: “This medicine works perfectly. I took one 0.6mg at 1st sign of an attack and another 0.6mg 4 hours later. Then the 3rd one 12 hours later. Back to normal the next day. Make sure you take it with meal at the very 1st sign of gout flare up. Also, stay away from tofu and tomatoes if you don’t want to feel the pain and colchicine has side effects and is very dangerous if you overdose. I mean stomach upset and muscle weakness within 7 days from the last pill.”

10 / 10
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Pat J Mac August 23, 2016

For Gout, Acute: “This only works at the onset of an attack. I used it on my third attack, when I felt the tingle in my big toe. I took 2 immediately and 4 more for every hour after. It controlled it over night and am almost pain free the next day. What causes the pain is the crystals; so colchicine is not a pain reliever. What it does is reduce the amount of white blood cells attacking the site thus lowering the swelling and associated pain from it. Used in conjuction with Naproxen I avoided my 3rd attack.”

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jay doo boy January 17, 2016

For Gout, Acute: “Had this for ten years I know ...but as a kid I'm finding out why my toe hurt for a week or so ...bad for the last ten years ..so colchicine ..allopurinol ..and and and and and ....well I am now on natural ...DEVILS CLAW ...and..FLAX OIL .. and BITTER MELLON ...YES IT COSTS ABOUT 33 DOLLARS BUT BETTER THAN 300 FOR A MONTH OF COLCHICINE”

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Vikla · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 22, 2016

For Gout, Acute: “Have suffered gout attacks for 40 years. Taking the prescribed dosage resulted in diahorea after three days. Now I take a single 500mcg tablet for one or two days at the first sign of an attack . This proves effective with no side effects. It also means I need to keep a supply of colchicine at hand.”

10 / 10
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