Colchicine is an anti-inflammatory medication used to treat Gout and. Sold under the brand names Colcrys, Mitigare, Gloperba and many others.
It was originally isolated from a herbal remedy - the Autumn Crocus plant - in use for at least 3,000 years to reduce joint swelling.
There are currently more than 2 million prescriptions per year in the US alone, and it's now a generic medicine in the UK.
There are at least seven different theories currently under investigation to try to show how it works - none of which has been accepted as a full explanation. It's suggested that it might :
Source : Wikipedia
A full explanation may include any of the above - perhaps in combination(s). Or there may be an as yet undiscovered mechanism of action.
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