Common Side Effects of Colchicine

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
Common Side Effects of Colchicine

Colchicine is a drug used for the treatment of gout in adults, and is also used to prevent this type of condition. It is also used to treat recurrent familial polyserositis, which is a disease that causes fever, aches, swollen stomach and lungs, in both adults and children. If you have been prescribed this drug, read this OneHowTo article to discover the most common side effects of colchicine .

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Common side effects of colchicine

Some of the adverse effects caused by frequent ingestion of this drug are:

  • sickness
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • stomach ache

If any of these symptoms are severe or do not disappear immediately, go to your doctor.

More serious side effects of colchicine

Other possible more serious side effects are:

  • muscle pain or weakness
  • numbness of the fingers or toes
  • bleeding
  • Bleeding stool
  • bruises
  • sore throat
  • chills
  • fever
  • infection
  • weakness
  • exhaustion
  • pallor
  • even graying of the lips or hands.

These are not only side effects but could also be a symptom of a possible overdose, this is why you should go to your doctor immediately if you suffer any of the aforementioned symptoms.

Precautions before taking colchicine

Elderly and debilitated patients must be very careful when taking colchicine, as it poses a high risk of toxicity. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as possible, but not combine the next two doses as you'll be overdosing.

You should not drink alcohol while being treated with this drug because it reduces the effect of colchicine. Great care should be taken in patients with kidney or liver problems, or those who suffer from heart failure or duodenal ulcers. If you suffer from an allergy to colchicine, go to your doctor right away.

There are certain drugs that interact negatively with colchine, such as cyclosporine and erythromycin.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • You should know that there are certain symptoms of colchicine that are much less common but can happen. These include hair loss, dark stool, fever, swelling of the face, tenderness and the loss of appetite too.

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