About Gout

With more information, you can be more prepared for gout attacks

There’s a lot of information out there, but here’s a great place to start. Below, you’ll find numerous resources to help you along your gout journey.

What is gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis. The main cause of gout is too much uric acid in the blood, a condition known as "hyperuricemia." This can cause needle-like crystals to be deposited in joints. Your body’s immune system reacts to this buildup of uric acid crystals by activating certain inflammatory cells, causing the pain associated with a gout attack.

But for many people, gout attacks mean one thing: PAIN. Some people with gout describe the pain of an attack as so excruciating that they cringe at the thought of putting a sheet over their foot at night, never mind putting on their shoes and walking around during the day.

What is uric acid?

Everyone has naturally occurring uric acid in his or her body. Uric acid is created when the body breaks down substances called purines. Purines are found in body tissues as well as some foods and drinks. Having too much uric acid in the body causes gout.

A healthy uric acid level is below 6 mg/dL. Your doctor can test your uric acid level a few weeks after a gout flare to see if you might be at risk for additional gout flares.

Gout may cause repeated flares. So what can you do about it?

Get your doctor to test your uric acid level

  • A healthy uric acid level is below 6 mg/dL

Know your trigger profile

  • Talk to your doctor about your gout flares in the last 6 months, other medications you are on, your diet, how much alcohol you drink, your exercise routine, and surgeries

Avoid or limit foods and drinks high in purines

  • Examples include beer, liquor, beef, pork, lamb, and certain seafood and shellfish
  • Ask your doctor if there are any other foods or drinks you should avoid

Ask your doctor if you have kidney or liver problems

If you have other health conditions such as kidney or liver problems, or are taking certain medicines, your doctor may need to adjust your COLCRYS dosage.

Nearly 8 million Americans have gout

COLCRYS can help treat gout attacks and prevent future flares

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Important Safety Information for COLCRYS (colchicine, USP)

  • COLCRYS can cause serious side effects or death if levels of COLCRYS are too high in your body. Taking certain medicines with COLCRYS can cause your level of COLCRYS to be too high, even at recommended doses, especially if you have kidney or liver problems.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions and all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and if you consume grapefruit juice.
  • Fatal overdoses, both accidental and intentional, have been reported in adults and children who have ingested colchicine. Keep COLCRYS out of the reach of children.
  • COLCRYS can also cause serious muscle problems and blood disorders even when taken as directed. You have a higher chance for muscle problems if you are elderly, are taking certain other medicines with COLCRYS, or have kidney problems.
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
  • The most common side effects in people who have gout flares are diarrhea (23%) and throat pain (3%).


COLCRYS (colchicine, USP) 0.6 mg tablet is a prescription medicine used in adults to prevent and treat gout flares.

COLCRYS is not a pain medicine and should not be taken to treat pain related to other conditions.

Individual results may vary.

Please see the complete Prescribing Information and Medication Guide and talk to your healthcare professional.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.