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Guide To Colchicine

Uses And Benefits 

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This medication is approved for the treatment of acute gout flares in adults. Certain brands are approved for the prevention of future gout flares. In addition to preventing and treating gout, colchicine is beneficial in treating familial Mediterranean fever in patients who are at least four years old. It helps prevent the joint, abdominal, and chest pain that can occur with this condition. This medication may be prescribed to ease pain, swelling, redness, and other symptoms of Behcet's syndrome too. 

Doctors may consider using colchicine as an 'off-label' treatment for pericarditis, coronary artery disease, and other inflammatory conditions. Other 'off-label' uses include treating hepatic cirrhosis, primary biliary cirrhosis, Paget's disease, pseudogout, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. This drug may be beneficial for preventing post-pericardial syndrome and treating chronic immune thrombocytopenia. 

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