Colchicine is an alkaloid of Colchicum autumnale L., Liliaceae as well as of many other species of the Liliaceae family.
Colchicine has been used for many centuries in the treatment of gout and more recently as a general anti-inflammatory agent and in the treatment of Familial Mediterranean Fever.
Colchicine has also been used to manage other conditions, including:
biliary and hepatic cirrhosis
Although Colchicine is considered highly effective for treating acute gouty arthritis, it is not effective for all types of pain. Colchicine is not considered an analgesic (painkilling) drug.
Colchicine is widely investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 due to its antiviral, anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective properties.