Colchicine USP – Pharmaceutical API
Colchicine USP is a natural phytochemical which is used as an active ingredient in the pharma industry.
CAS Number: 64-86-8
Molecular formula: C22H25NO6
Colchicine is a toxic natural product and secondary metabolite, originally extracted from plants of the genus Colchicum (Autumn crocus, Colchicum autumnale, also known as “Meadow saffron”). It was used originally to treat rheumatic complaints, especially gout, and still finds a use for these purposes today. It was also prescribed for its cathartic and emetic effects. Colchicine’s present medicinal use is in the treatment of gout and familial Mediterranean fever; it can also be used as an initial treatment for pericarditis and preventing recurrences of the condition. It is also being investigated for its use as an anti-cancer drug.