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Colchicine

Colchicine is a prescription medication used in the treatment of gout, a form of arthritis that causes severe inflammation and pain in the joints. Colchicine can help to treat attacks of gout and prevent flare-ups by reducing inflammation which in turn reduces pain. Gout can be very painful and if regular over the counter painkillers aren’t enough to manage your symptoms, Colchicine may be more suitable and a more effective way of alleviating those painful symptoms which can develop quite quickly. Colchicine acts fast to calm symptoms. Always follow doctor’s instructions when taking this medication and never exceed your recommended dose.

Colchicine tablets are available to order on prescription at Doctor 4 U. You’ll need to complete an online consultation that will be reviewed by one of our GMC (general medical council) registered GPs who will determine whether this medicine is safe and suitable for you and if so, it will be dispensed in our UK-based pharmacy and sent to you with a secure and swift delivery service. Order with next day delivery to receive your medication tomorrow.

Prices start from £19.99 for 12 tablets



Last Patient Information Leaflet Review: 26/06/2020



Colchicine Tablets Patient Information Leaflet

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  • Allergy to colchicine
  • Severe blood disorder
  • Habing haemodialysis
  • Woman of childbearing age that isn't using effective contraception
  • Kidney or liver problems
  • Elderly &/or weak
  • Heart problems
  • Issues with your digestive system
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  • Clarithromycin
  • Erythromycin
  • Telithromycin
  • Ritonavir
  • Atazanavir
  • Indinavir
  • Ciclosporin
  • Ketoconazole
  • Itraconazole
  • Voriconazole
  • Verapamil
  • Diltiazem
  • Disulfiram
  • Cimetidine
  • Talbutamide
  • Digoxin
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  • Whilst taking colchicine, you should avoid drinking grapefruit juice as this could have an impact on how much of the medication is in your system. 
  • Colchicine may cause dizziness and/or drowsiness. If this happens to you, you should avoid driving or operating machinery until the feelings subside. 
  • This medication may reduce the amount of vitamin B12 that you can absorb through your gut. 
  • Colchicine tablets sometimes contain lactose. If you're intolerant to some sugars, you should speak to your GP before taking them.
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  • Any of the serious side effects outlined in the patient information leaflet
  • Any symptoms of a blood disorder outlined in the patient information leaflet
  • Your symptoms don't improve even whilst taking colchicine
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  • You're allergic to colchicine
  • You've taken this treatment in the past and suffered from serious side effects
  • You're already taking colchicine to treat another condition. 
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What is Colchicine and how does it work?

The drug, Colchicine, is an antigout agent which means it regulates the amount of uric acid in the blood and reduces the formation of uric acid crystals in the joints, which is the cause of gout. Gout occurs when uric acid crystals form in the joints causing severe inflammation and pain, these crystals are often the result of too much uric acid (a naturally occurring chemical in the body) in the blood. The large joint in the big toe is most commonly affected by gout, although other joints such as the ankles, wrists, knees, elbows, and fingers can also be severely affected.

The pain of gout can come on quite quickly and for some people, gout can be recurrent. Some people may experience recurrent attacks of gout and will need medication to prevent these attacks and keep the condition under control.

Colchicine is one of the medications used to treat and prevent chronic attacks of gout. The active ingredient in this medicine is the same as its name, Colchicine, and it works by reducing the inflammation associated with gout, which in turn reduces the chronic pain. Colchicine may be suitable when other types of painkillers such as ibuprofen are unsuitable or are ineffective at relieving your pain.

How long do Colchicine tablets take to work?

To relieve inflammation and pain, Colchicine tablets begin to work in around 30 minutes to 2 hours, however, for some people, it may take longer before they begin to feel the effects of this medicine.

How to take Colchicine for gout

This type of gout medication should be taken with care and you must follow the instructions and not exceed the recommended dose as Colchicine can be toxic in large amounts. When a gout attack strikes, take 2 tablets followed another 1 after one hour. Do not take any more tablets for 12 hours, and if you need to you can then resume taking the tablets at a maximum dose of 1 tablet 3 times a day for a maximum course of 12 tablets. You can stop taking these tablets when your symptoms have relieved or when you’ve completed your course of 12 tablets. If necessary you will be able to start another course after 3 days have passed.

If you’re taking Colchicine to prevent a flare-up when treatment has started with other drugs to manage the condition long term, you should take 1 Colchicine tablet twice a day, however, you should speak to your doctor first if you’re taking it for this reason as they can tell you exactly how long you should be taking this medicine for. If too much Colchicine is taken it can be toxic so you should see your doctor or go to A&E immediately if you accidentally exceed your dose. Look out for symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, bloody diarrhoea, and low blood pressure as this is a sign that you’ve taken too much.

Who should not take Colchicine tablets?

Some people may not be suitable to take this medication due to having certain health conditions or taking other medication which may interact with Colchicine. You must not take this medicine if you have any of the following:

  • Allergy to Colchicine or any other ingredient in this medicine
  • Sever blood disorder
  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • You’re a woman of childbearing age unless you’re using effective contraception
  • Severe kidney or liver problems
  • Undergoing haemodialysis

You should also speak to your doctor before taking Colchicine if you have a blood disorder or any problems with your heart, liver, kidneys, or digestive system, or if you are elderly and weak.

Can you take Colchicine with other medicines?

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you’re currently taking any other medicines so they can determine if there is a risk of side effects occurring due to interactions between the drugs, particularly if you’re taking any of the following:
  • Certain antibiotics such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin
  • Antiviral drugs such as ritonavir, atazanavir, indinavir
  • Antifungal medicines such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole
  • Heart medicines such as verapamil and diltiazem
  • Ciclosporin
  • Disulfiram
  • Cimetidine
  • Tolbutamide
  • Digoxin

Do not drink or eat grapefruit while taking Colchicine as grapefruit can increase the levels of this drug in the blood.

Can you take Colchicine and alcohol together?

It is safe to drink small amounts of alcohol while taking Colchicine but given that alcohol can make gout worse as it can increase the amount of uric acid in the blood, it’s not wise to drink alcohol if you’re trying to improve your condition and prevent flare-ups.

What are the side effects of this drug?

All drugs have side effects but many of them are rare and not everyone experiences them. Important side effects to look out for and seek emergency medical help are those that indicate an overdose or an allergic reaction. Stop taking this medicine and seek emergency medical help if you are feeling nauseous or vomiting, you have stomach pain, bloody diarrhoea, or low blood pressure, or if you’re having an allergic reaction with a fever, inflammation of the mouth, sore throat, prolonged bleeding, bruising or skin problems. Other side effects may include:

  • Inflammation of the nerves which can cause pain, weakness, tingling or numbness
  • Nerve damage
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Liver damage
  • Hair loss
  • Rash
  • Pain or weakness in the muscles
  • Abnormal muscle breakdown
  • Kidney problems/damage
  • Absence of menstrual periods or painful periods
  • Low or zero sperm count

How to buy Colchicine tablets online

You can buy this medicine safely online at Doctor 4 U. To do so, you will need to complete a short online medical consultation which will be reviewed by one of our GMC (General Medical Council) registered doctors, and if you are deemed suitable for this treatment your prescription will be dispensed in our UK-based pharmacy and sent to you via a secure courier service. Our process is used to ensure that this medicine is safe and suitable for you.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Advice on Addiction and Medication Restrictions

If you are at all worried or concerned about an addiction to any type of medication, we urge you to speak to a professional for help and advice. Below are links to organisations that can help.

  • Talk To Frank

  • NHS Help & Advice On Drug Addiction
  • Dosage Instructions
    For adults, 500 micrograms 2–4 times a day until symptoms relieved, maximum 6 mg per course, do not repeat a course within 3 days.
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    Colchicine Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
    Colchicine 500 mcg tablets 12 tablets £19.99
    Colchicine 500 mcg tablets 24 tablets £35.99

    Delivery Charges

    The following delivery methods are currently available within the UK: All orders are sent in discreet, plain packaging.

    UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

    Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using Royal Mail Tracked 48 Service

    standard UK delivery within 3-5 working days

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    UK Express Delivery, £2.99

    Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using the Express delivery service* (deliveries are made Monday - Saturday)

    If you order after 12pm, your order will be dispatched the next working day and will be with you within 48 hours once dispatched. This excludes weekends and bank holidays

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    Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Anytime, £4.99 (This service includes Saturday)

    Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using Royal Mail Special Delivery Service, which includes Saturday deliveries.

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    Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 1pm, £7.99 (This service includes Saturday)

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    Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 9am, £14.99 (This service includes Saturday)

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    DPD Next Day Delivery, £4.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

    Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following working day

    If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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    DPD Next Day Delivery, by 12 Noon, £9.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

    Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12 noon the following working day

    If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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    DPD Next Day Delivery, by 10:30am, £14.99  (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

    Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am the following working day

    If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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    DPD Saturday Delivery, £14.99

    Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following Saturday

    If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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    DPD Saturday Delivery, by 12:00am, £21.99

    Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

    If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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    DPD Saturday Delivery, by 10:30am, £29.99

    Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am Saturday

    If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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