Keith’s GoutPal Story 2020 Forums Please Help My Gout! How Fast Does Colchicine Work?

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    I just can't decide if i should take colchicine as a prophylaxis or just take it as needed when I'm having an attack.


    I would take it prophylacticlaly for a week, maybe 2 each morning?and then stop. But if next month you wake up with any twinges, take two and if?discomfort isn't relieved?then one more in an hour and maybe one more after that. But probably the first two will turn the trick.

    You can use this technique for the rest of your life?the secret is to do it FAST, as soon as you feel the bugeoning of an attack. The longer you wait the more colchicine is required.



    I have been taking Allopurinol? for 6 days now and i think i can see it beginning to work.. I am also taking one .6mg colchicine in the morning with the Allo.. and one in the evening.? I feel my foot tingle just a touch in the morning before i take my Colchicine and it does as well in the evening just before taking my evening dose. This morning and evening tingling started with Allopurinol. I really feel like taking Colchicine as a prophylaxis is keeping an attack at bay at the moment.

    Here are my UA home test results in total.

    Official level (lab) …6.9
    Home test….
    2/28 ..6.8
    3/1… 6.0
    Started Allopurinol
    skipped a day
    3/7… 4.6…………. i think its working!

    Im off to Mexico in the morning for two weeks and Im not taking my test kit.
    I will pick up as much Colchicine as i can carry back!….




    Sounds good Bill.

    That's a nice allopurinol response in a short time.



    Im back from Mexico and remained attack free for the duration. I am on 300mg Allopurinol and at first .6mg colchicine twice a day.? When i was down there i purchased (colchicina) from the local pharmacies. It comes in 1mg pills scored down the center. So i started taking .5 mg twice a day a day? (snapped the pills in half) along with the Allopurinol.

    The Colchacina is what it says on the package (bubble pack of 10 1mg pills x 2 packs per box, 20 pills total) and in almost invisible lettering it says Colchiquim.? I was offered two different manufactures, one a brand name the other generic. I chose the generic. The cost was 25 pesos ($2.08) for a box of 20 1mg pills. ??I bought 120 img pills so it cost me about $12.50 to buy $1600 (at current US prices) worth of Colchicine.

    120 1mg pills gives me enough for 4 months at my current rate. I guess i should have bought some more but once i had a stash i sort of forgot about it.? My only question is?.. is it good?? Well i don't know. I have been taking it for a little over two week now and my toe don't feel any different than when i was taking somthing that cost about $13.25 a day?.? vs. $ .10 ? I guess thats good!?

    I do have this feeling colchicine is keeping an attack at bay while I'm starting Allopurnol. I get tiny twinges in my toe several times a day reminding me about my gout and it does seem to happen most in the morning and evening before i take my twice daily dose of colchicine. I had one 'extra' twinge late one night that made me nervous so i took two naproxen and had no problems after that. ?.. Sooooooo. I feel that the Mexi-cholchine is good, but i won't really know until i use it for an attack and it does its?.. thing.

    Is my the Allopurinol working??. i think so. I didn't take my test kit down there but since i have been back its been?


    22? 4.6

    23? 5.9

    24? 4.6

    25? 5.4

    26? 5.3

    That averages to 5.1 since i have been back.

    My plan is to take 2x .5mg colchicine a day with Allopurinol (forever)? for three months and then .5mg colchicine at night for a month to test the water. If ok after a month i will stop the colchicine. I will treat any twinges with naproxen and reserve the colchicine for emergences?. at least thats the plan!

    Im really beginning to feel a sence of having got this under controle and an enormance sence of relief. . I realise there might be battles ahead and i will need to be ever vigilant. But what i have learned here has given me the tools to manage my gout and the tools know what to do if i have an attack?.. I thank all my 'pals' here for all there help and i thank the inventors of the internet, without whom we would all be in a lot more pain!


    Bill in Seattle.


    It sounds like you are doing fine. I'm glad your trip to Mexico wasn't kebolluxed?by an attack.


    Perhaps your plan for all that colchicne is overkill but you will find out and adjust accordingly.


    It feel good to have a big pile of colchicine?in your closet doesn't it? (Ay carumba senor, mucha colchicina…ole'!)


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