Colchicine for Canker Sores?
July 2, 2012 by Julia.
An article regarding the extraneous uses of colchicine recently reminded doctors of another option for chronic canker sores. Canker sores are also called aphthous ulcers. They are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums. Unlike cold sores, canker sores don't occur on the surface of your lips and aren't contagious. They can be painful, however, and can make eating and talking difficult.
Treatment usually isn't necessary for minor canker sores, which tend to clear on their own in a week or two. But large, persistent or unusually painful sores often need medical care. A number of treatment options exist, ranging from mouth rinses and topical ointments to systemic corticosteroids for the most-severe cases. Check with your doctor or dentist if you have unusually large or painful canker sores or canker sores that don't seem to heal.
Although most people will not experience these painful canker sores, for those who have Behcet's disease, or another condition with canker sores as a symptom, they will try anything in order to get rid of them. For simple canker sores, a rinse with warm water and salt is useful, or for slightly more severe sores, an antibiotic moth rinse is often prescribed. But when these don't work, doctors start trying different medications. Although doctors are unsure why generic colchicine works, it has been used to treat painful canker sores in hundreds of people. A small study in India was completed with good results, but government health organizations will require larger, double-blind, controlled studies before allowing an official change to colchicine's label. In the United States, colchicine is currently only approved for gout treatment and familial Mediterranean fever, a rare inflammatory disease.
Colchicine is sold in the United States under brand name Colcrys. Although colchicine has been around for years, as it is plant-based, it is extremely expensive in the United States. There is a monopoly on the market, as only one manufacturer, URL Pharma, is allowed to produce it in the United States. For those who desperately need this helpful medication, but can't afford it, consider shopping online.
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