Indomethacin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It reduces pain, fever and inflammation. You should only take this medicine if it is prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Indomethacin is a pain reliever, that reduces fever and inflammation. It can be used for moderate to severe pain caused by injury, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout-related arthritis.
This drug works by blocking a natural substance in the body that transmits pain and causes inflammation. By blocking this substance, Indomethacin reduces how much pain you feel, and reduces swelling and fever.
This medicine should be used with caution because it can increase the risk of heart diseases and stroke. Because of these risks, you should only use indomethacin when prescribed by your healthcare provider.
- Indomethacin is available in form of capsules, solution and rectal inserts (suppository).
- It is available as 25mg immediate-release capsules. It should be used every 8-12 hours depending on your condition or as directed by your healthcare provider.
- As a 75mg extended-release capsule, it can be used once or two times a day. Your healthcare provider will inform you of its dosage depending on your medical condition.
- Swallow the whole capsules. Do not chew or crush them.
- The rectal inserts come in form of soft tablets. Insert it into your rectum every night with an applicator. The inserts should be stored in a refrigerator.
- The liquid form is used depending on the instructions given by your healthcare provider.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
- If you miss a dose, take it when you remember. Do not use two doses at the same time.
- If you use more than the prescribed amount, visit a healthcare provider immediately.
Side-effects you may experience when you use this medicine include:
- Stomach pain and ulcers
- Watery stools
- Vomiting or the feeling like vomiting.
In more serious cases, you may experience:
- Bleeding or injuries to the stomach lining.
- Skin rash if you are allergic to the drug.
- Difficulty breathing.
Report any side-effects you experience to your healthcare provider.
- Indomethacin should not be used for children below 14 years of age.
- If you currently have or have had heart diseases in the past, it will increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
- It worsens stomach ulcers. Inform your healthcare provider if you have a stomach ulcer before you use this medicine.
- You may experience dizziness while using this medicine. Do not drive or operate any machinery when you use it.
- If you are to undergo surgery, do not use this medicine three days before the surgery. It may cause you to bleed more.
- Inform your healthcare provider of the other medicines you are taking including herbal pills. Medicines like warfarin or aspirin may cause you to bleed more.
- Avoid taking this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you must use this medicine, inform your healthcare provider about your condition.