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  • Colchicine


  • Medication features

    Colchicine is a medicine that is used to treat an attack of gout. It works in a fast and efficient manner to relieve symptoms of an outbreak within a short period.

    • Treatment for gout
    • Fast-acting


NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.

Colchicine is a medication used in acute flare-ups of gout. It is suggested that colchicine blocks the inflammatory processes, and so prevents inflammation and pain associated with gout.


  • How long does it take to work?

    Colchicine starts to work after around 30 minutes to 2 hours. However, it may take a day or two before you notice your inflammation and pain starts to get better.

  • How long will I take it for?

    For the treatment of gout attacks, you will only take this medication for a few days.

  • Is it safe to take for a long time?

    It’s generally a safe medicine, as long as you take it as directed.

  • Can I drink alcohol with it?

    Yes, you can drink alcohol with colchicine. Alcohol does not affect how this medicine works. However, drinking alcohol increases the level of uric acid in your blood. This could make your gout worse.

  • Is there any food or drink I need to avoid?

    Generally, you can eat and drink as usual while taking colchicine. The only thing you need to avoid is grapefruit and grapefruit juice. This is because grapefruit can increase the amount of colchicine in your blood.

Side Effects

Like any medication, Colchicine can cause side effects, although not everybody experiences them. If you experience any of the following side effects when taking colchicine, stop the treatment and seek medical attention.

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting


Info Leaflet

Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.

Patient Information Leaflet