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Colchicine - What is it for

Colchicine is a medicine used to treat or prevent gout flares (worsening in severity of a disease). It can also be used to treat or prevent symptoms in Behcet's disease. Colchicine prevents white blood cells from travelling into the affected areas, therefore reduces inflammation and helps to reduce symptoms such as joint pain, swelling and ulcers.

In addition, Colchicine reduces symptoms during a flare such as joint pain and swelling in gout and Behcet's disease, as well as ulcers in the mouth or genitals and erythema nodosum (inflammed lumps below the skin surface) in Behcet's disease.

  • Updated on Friday, June 12, 2015
  • Article contributed by Department of Pharmacy, Rheumatology & Immunology Singapore General Hospital

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