Reply To: First Gout Attack


I hope your swelling and pain have improved but colchicine works best when taken when the symptoms start. So if you get other attacks, you can reasonably hope they won’t be so bad now that you have colchicine on hand.
If colchicine is taken later, much patience and possibly a higher dose may be required for symptoms to subside. Possibly your doctor wants to know what colchicine alone does and doesn’t do for you but if you can’t bear it anymore, be aware that you could probably get faster relief from other drugs.
If you manage to beat this attack with colchicine alone, I’m no doctor but I recommend tapering off slowly rather than quitting it as soon as you feel better.