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What is colchicine?

Colchicine is a prescription drug used for gout, preventing gout attacks and the pain that comes with those attacks. It is important to know that colchicine itself does not directly relieve pain like other pain relievers like ibuprofen.

Gout is a condition of high blood levels of uric acid that build up crystals in joints. These crystals can cause pain and damage the joints. If not controlled, gout can lead to severe osteoarthritis and other joint damage.

Less commonly, colchicine is also prescribed for familial Mediterranean fever.

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