People with the” King disease” need to get a second, 3rd or 4th opinion until they find a doctor who will prescribe a medicine that will not kill. Gout pain is terrible, but the side effects of FDA approved medicine Colcrys (colchicines) are worse and in some cases even fatal.
Apparently Colcrys can induce severe drug interaction with common drugs like antibiotics and statins, (cyclosporine, erythromycin, digoxin, lipitor, simvastatin…), increasing the risk of potentially fatal colchine toxicity. Fatal drug interactions have been reported in patients treated with colchicine when clarithromycin were also being used. There are non-fatal, but terrible side effects too, like neuromuscular toxicity, thrombocytopenia, aplastic anemia…just to name a few. Toxicity has also been reported in a patient who consumed grapefruit juice or grapefruit daily while being treated chronically with colchicines!
Knowing that this drug can cause fatal toxic reactions (especially when used at the same time as many common medications) – even in approved dosages!-how doctors could prescribe such a dangerous drug is unbelievable.