Colchicine - Definition

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Colchicine is a medicinal substance produced by plants of the crocus family. Colchicine is principally used to relieve bouts of gout that cause intense joint pains generally of the big toe, due to the accumulation of excessive uric acid. It is also recommended for other illnesses responsible for crystal deposits in the joints, like chondrocalcinosis. Consumed at too strong a dosage, as over 10 mg, colchicine is toxic and may even be fatal at doses over 40 mg. The principal symptoms are stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea which may contain blood, and an increase in breath rate.