FDA approves Colcrys for Prevention of Gout Flares
Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm
Colcrys is an oral medication formulated for the treatment and prevention of gout flares. Colcrys is a form of colchicine, which has been used for centuries for the treatment of acute gout attacks. Colchicine is not prescribed often for gout attacks because of the side effects, which include cramping, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. URL Pharma, Inc. emphasizes that Colcrys’ formulation provides efficacy without the toxicity and has been shown to be well tolerated when paired with uric acid-lowering.
Gout is a painful condition caused by the deposition of needle-like crystals in the joints as a result of elevated levels of uric acid. HIgh levels of uric acid which build up in the blood can result in precipitation of of the uric acid into crystals. This tends to occur in the coolest areas of the body, which makes the great toe one of the most common areas for gouty attacks.