Indocin (Indomethacin)

Indocin is a typical Non steroidal anti inflammatory drug used in treating pain, fever and inflammation. Indocin reduces the discomfort caused in diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis,bursitis and other musculoskeltal disorders.

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How it works

Indocin has a typical mode of action on the body. The drug reduces the action of prostaglandins that numbs the pain receptors leading to decreased sensation of pain. Additionally also increases blood flow and vasodilation that leads to draining of excessive fluid out of the body leading to reduced swelling and inflammation

Guidelines for usage

Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.

Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.

Indocin may be used with or without food.

Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.

NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.

Missed Dose

It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.

Do not panic if you have missed a dose.

Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.

How & where do I store Indocin?

The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.

Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.

Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.

Overdose Related Information

If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions

Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.

Ensure that you mention the following:

• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• History of heart disease, stroke
• liver or kidney ailments
• asthma and known allergies to pollen, sulphur etc
• nose polyps
• Smoker
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not

This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.

To be avoided

You must avoid using Indocin if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like allergies to Indocin or analgesics

• Any recent surgery like coronary artery bypass grafting

Using Alcohol

Indocin is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using Indocin.

These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help.

Possible Drug & Food Interactions

Certain prescription drugs or health supplements or even food items are known to interact with the effects of medications. Indocin is known to have possible interactions with the following medications.
• Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), heparin, or salicylates (eg, aspirin)
• Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (eg, captopril), angiotensin receptor blockers (eg, losartan), cyclosporine, or triamterene
• Fluoroquinolones (eg, ofloxacin)
• Cyclophosphamide or probenecid
• Aminoglycosides (eg, amikacin, gentamicin), digitalis, digoxin, lithium, or methotrexate
• Beta-blockers (eg, metoprolol) or diuretics (eg, furosemide)

Additional Information

Indocin may also cause serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning while you are taking ibuprofen, especially in older adults.

Excessive use of NSAID medications can cause serious damage to the stomach and intestines. Internal bleeding and even perforation may occur. These conditions are potentially fatal and can occur at any time without a warning.

If you notice symptoms like black, bloody, or tarry stools, or coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, then stop using Indocin and seek emergency medical care.

Indocin can interfere with the results of certain laboratory tests. If one of these tests are prescribed for you, then we recommend that you speak to your lab technician that you are using Indocin before you undertake the test.

Important Information for Pregnant Women

Indocin is categorized under FDA pregnancy category C

Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication.

Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
Side Effects

Report the following side effects to your doctor only if they become bothersome or do not stop on their own
• Redness, pain, or oozing at the injection site.

The following side effects require immediate medical attention. So report these to your doctor immediately.
• Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in vomit, stool, or urine; dark, tarry stools; decreased urination; slow heartbeat; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual weight gain.