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    At least 31.6 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. The three most common types are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout. Each has a different cause, treatment, and probable outcome.
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    The salicylates are used to relieve pain and to reduce fever and inflammation. Aspirin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is the most well-known and frequently used salicylate. Other salicylates discussed on this web site are salsalate and choline and magnesium salicylates.

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  • Another Addition to the Annals of Prescription-Drug Price Gouging [hide all summaries]
    (August 2011)
    Find out how a generic manufacturer got an exclusive "brand name" for its previously generic gout drug, colchicine, and increased the price by 125 times.
  • Colchicine Interactions with Other Drugs Can Be Life-Threatening [hide all summaries]
    (December 2008)
    This article lists 27 drugs that can have life-threatening interactions with the widely-used gout drug, colchicine, resulting in dangerously elevated levels of colchicine. Too much colchicine in the body leads to toxicity such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and muscle pains. Even worse, it can impair the bone marrow’s ability to make red and white blood cells, causing severe anemia and dangerously low numbers of white blood cells. When the number of white blood cells is reduced, your body may have difficulty fighting infections. Most people who have died from colchicine toxicity have had bone marrow toxicity or had preexisting kidney problems. Every patient on colchicine — whether on other drugs or not — should be alert for evidence of colchicine toxicity as described above.
  • Antibiotic Clarithromycin (BIAXIN) Can Have Deadly Interaction with Anti-Gout Drug Colchicine [hide all summaries]
    (October 2005)
    Using the antibiotic clarithromycin (BIAXIN, BIAXIN XL) in combination with the gout drug colchicine at the same time increases the risk of death because of colchicine toxicity, a recent study shows. In the 88 patients who received the two drugs together, nine (10.2 percent) died. Only one (3.6 percent) of the 28 patients who received the two drugs sequentially died.

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