There are many different medications that a nurse can administer to a client with gout. The most commonly administered medication for gout is colchicine, which has been shown to be effective in reducing the pain and inflammation caused by this condition. When deciding on the best treatment regimen for your clients, you should always consult their doctor or physician before making any decision.
The following are some side effects of colchicine: dizziness, headache, and rash.
Discussing potential side-effects with the client is important to ensure they know what to expect before starting treatment. This drug can also have a negative interaction with other medications clients may be taking for heart disease or high blood pressure. It’s essential that nurses take these factors into account when determining if this medication is appropriate for their patient’s individual needs.
Most people experience mild gastrointestinal upset while using colchicine – nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhoea). Even though most people won’t notice any symptoms at all (about 30% respectively), it’s still an issue worth mentioning.