Gout comes with killer pain… but Colchys, the latest FDA-approved preventive treatment, could really kill you.
Knowing that this drug can cause fatal toxic reactions (especially when used at the same time as many common medications) – even in approved dosages! – the FDA still approved it. The agency issued a safety alert on July 30 because colchicine (the generic name) could cause death even when taken sporadically for treating acute flare-ups.
But still, they gave Colchys the green light as a daily preventive just this week.
How deadly is this drug? The FDA found 169 deaths linked with colchicine… including 117 where the people took only
the recommended, approved dose.
Apparently, Colchys can interact VERY BADLY with many other, very common drugs (like Lipitor, Prilosec,
erythromycin, Prozac, and Imodium… just to name a few), increasing the risk of potentially fatal colchine toxicity.
On top of that, the potential for non-fatal but still horrific adverse events is pretty big – the first page of
the prescribing information is honestly terrifying: thrombocytopenia, aplastic anemia, neuromuscular toxicity.
How any doctor could prescribe such a dangerous drug when there are highly effective, totally safe natural remedies
for gout is unthinkable. But you don’t have to subject yourself to unreasonable risk to find relief.