It is important for the patients to take the drug exactly as prescribed by their doctor. This will ensure optimum result from the treatment and reduce the risk of adverse effects.
- This medication can be taken by mouth with or without food
- One should stick to the doctor’s prescribed dosage and should never change the dose without prior consulting with the doctor.
- The drug should be taken immediately after the first sign of attack for best result.
- Patients taking Colchicine for a longer duration need to get their blood tested on regular basis.
- Patients should never suddenly stop taking the medication even if they feel better.
- The tablet should not be broken or split.
Colcrys Prescribed Dosage
The correct dose of Colcrys is determined by doctors using several factors such as the patient’s age, medical condition for which they are being treated, their kidney and liver functions and other medications they might be taking. Thus, it is essential that patients stick to the dose prescribed by their doctor to achieve best result from the drug.
Colcrys Dosage for the treatment of Familial Mediterranean Fever
The recommended Colcrys dosages for adults and children for the treatment of FMF are:
- For children of age 4 to 6 years the recommended dose varies from 0.3 to 1.8 mg in a day.
- For children of age 6 to 12 years the recommended dose varies from 0.9 to 1.8 mg in a day.
- For patients above the age of 12 years the recommended dose of the drug varies from 1.2 to 2.4 mg in a day.
Colcrys Dose for the treatment of Gout:
Colcrys dosage for preventing gout attacks is one tablet once or twice in a day. The first tablet of 1.2 mg must be taken immediately after the first sign of a flare and the second tablet of 0.6 mg must be taken after one hour of the first dose.
Colchicine Missed and Overdose:
Missing a dose of Colcrys may not be harmful to a patient since it can be taken on a “as needed basis” if instructed by the patient’s doctor. They can take the missed dose as soon as they remember and if it is the time for the nest schedule dose, patients should skip the missed dose and continue with their regular dosing schedule. Doubling the dose of the drug can cause adverse health effect. Overdose of Colcrys can prove fatal and dangerous for the patients and therefore they must cautiously use this drug. In case of overdose, the victim should receive immediate medical attention. They can also contact their local poison center for further directions. Some of the overdose symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, heartburn, stomach pain, muscle weakness and numbness.
Colcrys Storage Instructions
Colcrys must be ideally stored at temperature between 20-25 degrees C to maintain its efficacy and quality till the very end. The drug should be kept out of the reach of children and pets. It should be protected from direct sunlight and excessive moisture. Unused and expired drugs should be safely disposed.