In pharmacology, colchicine is a "major alkaloid from Colchicum autumnale L. and found also in other Colchicum species. Its primary therapeutic use is in the treatment of gout, but it has been used also in the therapy of familial Mediterranean fever (period disease)."
Acute gout attack
The UK National Library for Health recommends 0.5 mg two to four times a day.
- 0.5 to 0.6 milligram every hour
- 1 to 1.2 milligrams every two hours. 0.5 mg every 2 hours has been used, but still causes consistent toxicity
- 0.5 to 0.6 milligram every 2 to 3 hours
The maximum dose per attack is 4 to 8 milligrams total.
Other schedules: Regarding the best dose, 1.2 mg followed by 0.6 mg in 1 hour may be as effective as higher dose.
Prevention of gout
Use in genetics and agriculture
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