By Gary E. Myerson, MD, Marc Alan Brenner, DPM, Robert L. Wilbur, Pharm.D., CPh | Director, Medical Affairs
A new agent, ColciGel®, has recently emerged for the treatment of acute flares of gout. ColciGel is a transdermal gel preparation of Colchicinum (colchicine in its homeopathic state) that is applied topically. ColciGel contains Colchicinum 4X in a proprietary Organogel that is applied directly to the site of acute flares.
By Gary E. Myerson, MD
Oral Colchicine was effective in only 38% of patients treated for acute flares.1 It is associated with poor tolerability due to a high-rate of gastrointestinal effects; typically nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Less common but more significant is a strong potential for drug-drug interactions with oral colchicine as it is metabolized and transported by cytochrome P450-3A4 and P-glycoprotein, two systems used by many other drugs.2 Fatalities have occurred from these drug-drug interactions with colchicine.3 4