Colchicine belongs to a class of drugs called anti-gout agents and is used to treat conditions like gout (a type of arthritis that causes severe pain and redness in the joints). A recent research study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has found that the anti-inflammatoiy properties of colchicine may help reduce the risk of heart-related conditions. especially in people who had a recent heart attack..The study was conducted on 5522 participants of which 2762 were administered with 0.5 mg dose of colchicine daily and 2760 were administered with placebo.Both groups were monitored for 29 months. The study has found that people who were receiving colchicine had a lower risk of developing heart conditions such as blockages in the arteries, damage to the heart vessels, than those who did not receive the medication. Large scale studies are yet to be done to know the efficacy of this drug. Consult your physician before taking any medication.