Colchicine

Content last updated on: January 20, 2016

 
 

Summary of colchicine

Colchicine is an anti-inflammatory drug that is very effective in FMF. It is used as a tablet. Colchicine should be taken daily, even when no attacks are present. The most prevalent side effects of colchcine are digestive tract symptoms. Colchicine can be used safely during pregnancy.

 

Colchicine is an anti-inflammatory drug

Colchicine is an anti-inflammatory drug that is very effective in familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). It is widely used, especially as treatment for gout (a form of joint inflammation caused by precipitation of gout crystals). During the 1970's, a doctor who treated several FMF patients with colchicine because of gout noticed the reduced frequency of FMF-attacks in these patients. Colchicine was then tested in a larger group of patients, and it was found out that colchicine can be used to not only reduce the frequency of the FMF attacks but also:

- decreases the severity of the attacks

- sometimes even stops the attacks completely

- prevents complicantions such as abdominal adhesions or amyloidosis. You can find more information on complications of FMF on the page on FMF on this website.

 

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