How Does Colcrys Work?Colcrys is believed to work for gout by limiting inflammation. Specifically, it is thought to inhibit certain inflammatory cells (known as neutrophils) that are responsible for some of the symptoms of gout. It is unclear how exactly Colcrys works for familial Mediterranean fever, although the inhibition of neutrophils or other inflammatory cells is probably involved.
When and How Do I Take It?Considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Colcrys include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is typically taken once or twice a day.
- You can take Colcrys with or without food.
- For the drug to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed.
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking this drug if you have:
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver failure
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Colchicine and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Colchicine and Breastfeeding).
Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Colcrys Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)