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Thiocolchicoside is used (as an additive treatment) for relieving painful stiffness or constriction in various diseases of the muscles, nerves, spine and the joints.

How it works

Thiocolchicoside belongs to group of medicines called muscle relaxant. It is semi-synthetic derivative of naturally occurring compound colchicoside. It acts against chemical called gamma amino-butyric acid (GABA). It reduces the swelling (anti-inflammatory) and pain (analgesic), and relaxes the muscles.

Common side effects

Abdominal cramp, Abdominal bloating, Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Fatigue, Headache, Influenza like symptoms, Nausea, Weakness


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Expert advice

  • Do not take if you are allergic to thiocolchicoside.
  • Do not start or continue the thiocolchicoside and consult your doctor If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is thiocolchicoside a steroid?
No, thiocolchicoside is not a steroid. It is a semi-synthetic muscle relaxant.
Q. Thiocolchicoside is derived from which plant?
Thiocolchicoside is a semi-synthetic derivative of naturally occurring compound colchicoside from the plant Gloriosa superba.
Q. What is thiocolchicoside and aceclofenac?
Thiocolchicoside is used as combination with aceclofenac to treat painful muscular contraction (spasm).
Q. Is thiocolchicoside safe?
Thiocolchicoside is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)