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Colcrys is typically used to treat gout flare ups and reduce the swelling in joints caused by too much uric acid in the blood. In some cases Colcrys can be used to treat Mediterranean fever by decreasing the body's production of the protein amyloid A. Speak with your doctor to understand the best use of Clocrys for you.
This medication is a tablet and is taken orally with or without food. Colcrys has varied dosing instructions based on the patients condition. For this reason the patient should follow the doctors explicit instructions on the best time to take the medication. To treat a gout attack in some cases 1.2 milligrams is required at the first sign of the flare up. However, more doses could be taken after the initial sign of a flare up to prevent further gout attacks. Taking more than required medication does not reduce the effectiveness of the medication, however, special care should be taken to follow the directions explicitly given by your doctor.
Before deciding if Colcrys is a good fit, consult with your doctor on your medical history, allergies and any current medication you are using to prevent unnecessary complications. Alcohol can interrupt the effectiveness of Colcrys and should be limited, or avoided all together.
Common side effects for Colcrys are:
If these side effects become severe or unmanageable, contact your doctor. Stop taking the medication and seek medical help if you experience: unusual bleeding/bruising, severe diarrhea or vomiting, muscle weakness or pain, numbness/tingling in your fingers or toes, pale or gray color of the lips/tongue/palms of hands, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), unusual weakness/tiredness, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
Q: Can I use this while breast feeding?
A: This medication can pass into the breast milk and enter the child, therefore, you should consult with your doctor to understand the risks involved. It is possible to coordinate dosing times to prevent the medication from entering the breast milk. However, only you and your doctor can decide if this is a good fit to help with gout flare ups.
Q: How should I store Colcrys?
A: This is stored at room temperature. Make sure to keep away from any light source or moisture. For these reasons you should not store this medication in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets, and dispose of the medication with instruction from your local pharmacist.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: Take your next dose as soon as you remember, however, your doctor may have given you specific instructions on the right time to take a dose of Colcrys. It may be best to wait until your scheduled dose, or wait until the next flare up happens to take your next dose. When in doubt follow the doctors instructions or speak with your doctor to clarify your dose schedule.
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