Gout Treatment Facts
"If I take COLCRYS, won't I get diarrhea?"
In the past, people who took high-dose colchicine for gout flares often had diarrhea,
nausea, and vomiting as a result. In a clinical study of COLCRYS (colchicine, USP), patients with gout flares took 2 tablets at the first sign of a flare,
followed by 1 tablet, 1 hour later. In this study, there were fewer reports of side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting among those taking COLCRYS than those taking high-dose colchicine.
"Since COLCRYS also prevents gout flares, is it okay to use it with uric acid-lowering treatments?"
Yes. COLCRYS does not treat high uric acid levels (the cause of gout), and has not been shown to prevent joint deformities and tissue destruction.
However, because taking uric acid-lowering treatments can actually trigger gout flares as they begin to work, your doctor may prescribe COLCRYS
along with uric acid-lowering medicines to help prevent flares.
"If my doctor puts me on uric acid-lowering medicine, do I still need to worry about flares?"
Yes. Uric acid-lowering medications can trigger flares when you first start taking them. If you are starting treatment with a uric acid-lowering medicine,
talk to your doctor about adding COLCRYS to help prevent gout flares. Patients who took colchicine (the active ingredient in COLCRYS) when starting on a
medicine that lowers uric acid levels, such as allopurinol, had fewer gout flares than those who took a placebo (sugar pill) while taking a uric acid-lowering medicine.
"What about insurance coverage and help with costs?"
COLCRYS is covered for more than 80%* of patients nationwide who have commercial, Medicare Part D, or Medicaid prescription benefits. Additionally,
COLCRYS offers 3 ways to save on your prescription†: the COLCRYS Co-pay Assistance Program, a FREE 7-tablet voucher, and the Takeda Patient Assistance Program.
The percentage of insured patients is intended to show size of insured population and not imply disease prevalence or appropriate population for treatment with COLCRYS.
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*Fingertip Formulary, January 2013.
†Must meet eligibility requirements.
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