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The Story of Colchicine

April 13, 2012 by Julia.

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Check out this awesome article from the Lancet about the history of gout and the rise of colchicine! It came into use over 200 years ago! Gout also used to be considered a sign of status - only those who ate more expensive foods and lived more sedentary lifestyles would develop gout.

Once gout was seen often in the population, 18th century doctors began mixing cocktails reputed to stop or prevent gout. Most of them were made with an alcohol base, which we know now must have made the flare-ups worse! Luckily for 18th century gout sufferers, eventually an American colonial doctor added a local plant to his tonic...that plant turned out to contain colchicine.

If your doctor prescribes colchicine for gout, consider buying online at a Canadian pharmacy. You can buy Colcrys for significantly less online than you would pay at an American pharmacy.

View "Bitter medicine: gout and the birth of the cocktail" on the Lancet's website here.


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