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Your healthcare provider will take several factors into account when prescribing your dosage of Colcrys. For example, a person with kidney or liver disease may require a lower amount. The standard dose for preventing gout is one tablet taken once or twice a day. Interestingly, higher dosages have not been shown to be more effective for treating a gout attack.
An Overview of Dosing With ColcrysThe dose of Colcrys® (colchicine) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on various factors, such as:
- Your age
- Your kidney and liver function
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
It should be noted that Colcrys is the only colchicine medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The dosing information for Colcrys is different, in that it is more thorough and up-to-date, compared to the dosing information for unapproved colchicine products.
If your healthcare provider recommends a Colcrys dosage based on the older, unapproved colchicine dosing information, which typically involves higher doses of the drug, you may want to ask him or her if the current dosing guidelines would be a better option for you.
Colcrys Dosage for Familial Mediterranean FeverThe recommended dose of Colcrys for treating familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) depends on age, as follows:
- Age 4 to 6 years: 0.3 to 1.8 mg daily (1/2 to 3 tablets daily)
- Age 6 to 12 years: 0.9 to 1.8 mg daily (1.5 to 3 tablets daily)
- Age 12 and older: 1.2 to 2.4 mg daily (2 to 4 tablets daily).
People with liver disease, kidney disease, or who are taking certain other medications may need a lower-than-normal amount.