Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Side Effects of Gout Medication Is Dizziness and Sleepiness?

There are 3 types of anti-inflammatory drugs that doctors usually prescribe to gout patient. The very first and common one is Colchicine which is a natural extract from a poisonous plant. Colchicine has been used for decades to treat gouty inflammation.

If colchicine fails to take away the inflammation, doctor will prescribe NSAID (non steroidal anti-inflammation drug) and the last resort is to use steroid or corticosteroid.

I'm not sure which kind of anti-inflammotory you are taking now, but generally all the above mentioned medications work by disturbing the hormones driven bio-chemical cycle that result in the inflammation. As far as I understand, these drugs do not direct cause dizziness and sleepiness, but different people react differently to the same type of drug. Another possibility is that the medication you are taking now is a newly invented cocktail of meds, may be the drug company thinks that you will recover if they make you you sleep and rest more.

By the way, even if you don't take any anti-inflammatory, the pain will usually go away in a few days to a week, naturally. With the help of chemical drug, that may be shortened to 3 to 4 days. Again, this is just for reference.

Last but not least, you don't have to worry that the pain will never go away, it will go away in days or worst case is weeks. You should be more concern about will the gout attack again in the future... Do some read up and research about gout and uric acid, you will understand how to prevent future attacks. Take care.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Gout Medication - Colchicine

Colchicine is the most popular gout treatment for gouty arthritis. Although the drug is well known for gout treatment, but there is a lot which is not commonly known about this gout medication. Here is a list of facts about Colchicine for your reference.

Colchicine is an alkaloid (morphine is one type of alkaloid too) derived from the dried seeds of the plant Colchicum autumnale.

The use of the Colchicum alkaloid for the treatment of acute gout was reported back in the first century A.D. Beside being used for the management of gout symptoms, colchicine has been used to manage other conditions such as:

  • Mediterranean fever
  • Amyloidosis
  • Pseudogout
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Behcet's disease
  • Hepatic cirrhosis

Colchicine is an anti-inflammatory drug

Colchicine is considered highly effective for treating acute gouty arthritis, BUT it is not effective for other types of pain. Colchicine cannot be considered as an pain killer. And one important thing to not is that Calchicine also does NOT help to reduce the level of uric acid.

Colchicine works differently than other anti-inflammatory drugs, It suppress the activity of neutrophils (a type of white blood cell). By binding protein within the neutrophils, they cannot migrate to the area of inflammatory response to urate crystal deposits, thereby decreases the level of the acute gout attacks and relieve the pain and discomfort associated with gout.

Adverse reactions can occur with taking of colchicine

Serious health complications such as bone marrow depression and thrombocytopenia may occur in patients receiving long-term Colchicine therapy.

Vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea are side effects which may occur with colchicine therapy, especially when maximal doses are applied.

Colchicine should not be used by certain patients.

Colchicine should not be used by a patient with serious gastrointestinal, renal, hepatic, or cardiac or blood disorders.

Colchicine Is A prescription Drug

Colchicine is a prescription gout medication and is only available in generic form. In order to minimize the side effects, colchicine should be taken after meal.