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Colgout

Active Ingredients:Colchicine

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully.

They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

If you do not understand the instructions on the bottle, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How much to take

Your doctor will tell you how much Colgout to take.

Do not take more than your doctor tells you to.

Do not take more than 12 tablets in total over 4 days.

How to take it

Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water.

When to take it

Colgout may be taken before or after food.

How long to take it

Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.

This will depend on your condition

and your response to the treatment. Colgout helps to control your condition but does not cure it.

Immediately stop taking Colgout at the first sign of stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. Do this even if your symptoms have not been relieved.

If you forget to take it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.

If you are not sure what to do, ask

your doctor or pharmacist. If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Colgout. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

You may need urgent medical attention.

Symptoms of an overdose may include:

  • severe nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhoea
  • burning feeling or rawness in the mouth and throat
  • difficulty in breathing or swallowing
  • fever
  • muscle weakness
  • mental confusion, delirium, convulsions.

Things you must do

Immediately stop taking Colgout at the first sign of stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. Do this even if your symptoms have not been relieved.

Remember to take note of the number of tablets you took before the onset of these symptoms so that you can take fewer tablets during subsequent attacks.

Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking this medicine, especially if you are being started on any new medicines.

Tell your doctor, surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking Colgout if you are about to undergo surgery or an operation.

Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while taking Colgout.

If you are about to have any blood tests, remind your doctor that you are taking Colgout.

It may interfere with the results of some tests.

Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked.

Your doctor may do some tests from time to time to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent unwanted side effects.

Things you must not do

Do not take Colgout to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Things to be careful of

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Colgout affects you.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before drinking alcohol while you are taking Colgout.

If you drink alcohol while taking this medicine, you may develop stomach problems.

This medication may be dangerous to children. It is important that it is kept out of reach of children at all times.

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