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COLCRYS has been shown to be effective in treating gout attacks. In a clinical study that used patient self-reporting, COLCRYS reduced the pain of gout attacks for some patients by at least half at 24 hours following the first dose.

Individual results may vary.

Tips for living with gout

Gout sufferers say it’s hard to predict a painful gout attack, and experts agree. Because there is no way of knowing ahead of time, you may want to be as prepared as you can.

Consider these helpful gout lifestyle recommendations and tips:

  • Make a long-term treatment plan with your healthcare professional when you are symptom and pain-free. Gout is a chronic condition. This means gout attacks can come back again, and that’s why it’s smart to be prepared with an action plan
  • Lower your uric acid, the root cause of gout. Keeping your uric acid level low (less than 6 mg/dL) is the goal for the long-term management of gout
  • Talk to your doctor about a healthy weight loss along with your treatment plan, which may include prescription medicines
  • Avoid soft drinks because many soft drinks contain a sugar called fructose. Unlike other sugars, it is known to increase uric acid levels. Drink water or seltzer instead
  • Know the purine content of food. Purines are a substance your body makes, and they can also come from food or beverages. When purines break down, they produce uric acid
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids

Choosing A Gout Diet

Eating foods high in purines can trigger an attack—something gout sufferers want to avoid at all costs. The foods and beverages listed below are high in purines, so try to eat them in small portions or cut them out altogether.

FOODS TO AVOID

Organ meats (sweetbreads, liver, kidney)

High-fructose corn syrup-sweetened sodas or other beverages

High-fructose corn syrup sweetened foods (candy bars, ice cream)

Any alcohol use during a gout attack or if gout is advanced and not well controlled

FOODS TO LIMIT

Naturally sweet fruit juice or sweetened beverages

Table sugar and desserts

Table salt, including in sauces and gravies

Alcohol, particularly beer

Beef, lamb, pork

Seafood high in purines (sardines, shellfish)

If choosing an alcoholic beverage, choose wine over beer. Eat small portions of meat and seafood, enjoy non-fat milk and low-fat yogurt. Diet alone may not lower your uric acid and prevent gout attacks—it's only a piece of the story.

Just remember you’re not alone trying to figure out if and when an attack may happen. Most attacks are sudden and you may be able to better manage your gout long term by making smart gout lifestyle choices and treating its root cause—high levels of uric acid.

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Important Safety Information for COLCRYS (colchicine, USP)

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  • 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%).

Use of COLCRYS

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.