Colchicine (Injection)

Introduction

Colchicine (KOL-chi-seen)

Treats gout.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to colchicine. You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant. You should not use this medicine if you have a stomach disorder or heart disease, liver disease, or kidney disease.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are using any type of stimulant or blood pressure medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast feeding. or if you have kidney disease.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have recently taken colchicine.
  • This medicine lowers the number of some types of blood cells in your body. Because of this, you may bleed or get infections more easily. To help with these problems, avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Wash your hands often. Stay away from rough sports or other situations where you could be bruised, cut, or injured. Brush and floss your teeth gently. Be careful when using sharp objects, including razors and fingernail clippers.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Bloody or black tarry stools.
  • Chest pain or burning pain in your throat.
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet.
  • Severe diarrhea.
  • Severe muscle weakness or stiffness.
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising.
  • Vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds.
  • Weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness.
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or mild diarrhea.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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