Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Indocin
  2. Indocin SR

Descriptions


Indomethacin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e.g., osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) or gout, such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. However, this medicine does not cure arthritis and will help you only as long as you continue to take it.

Indomethacin is also used to treat ankylosing spondylitis, which is a type of arthritis that affects the joints in the spine. This medicine may also be used to treat painful shoulder caused by bursitis or tendinitis.

Indomethacin may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Capsule
  • Suspension
  • Capsule, Extended Release

Before Using

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of indomethacin in children below 14 years of age. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of indomethacin in the elderly. However, elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of indomethacin than younger adults, and are more likely to have unwanted side effects (e.g., confusion, psychosis) and age-related kidney or stomach problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving indomethacin.

Breastfeeding

Studies in women suggest that this medication poses minimal risk to the infant when used during breastfeeding.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

  • Ketorolac

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Abciximab
  • Apixaban
  • Ardeparin
  • Argatroban
  • Beta Glucan
  • Bivalirudin
  • Certoparin
  • Cilostazol
  • Citalopram
  • Clopidogrel
  • Clovoxamine
  • Cyclosporine
  • Dabigatran Etexilate
  • Dalteparin
  • Danaparoid
  • Desirudin
  • Digoxin
  • Duloxetine
  • Enoxaparin
  • Eptifibatide
  • Erlotinib
  • Escitalopram
  • Femoxetine
  • Feverfew
  • Flesinoxan
  • Fluoxetine
  • Fondaparinux
  • Ginkgo
  • Gossypol
  • Heparin
  • Lepirudin
  • Levomilnacipran
  • Meadowsweet
  • Methotrexate
  • Milnacipran
  • Nadroparin
  • Nefazodone
  • Parnaparin
  • Paroxetine
  • Pemetrexed
  • Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium
  • Pentoxifylline
  • Potassium
  • Pralatrexate
  • Prasugrel
  • Protein C
  • Reviparin
  • Rivaroxaban
  • Sibutramine
  • Tacrolimus
  • Ticlopidine
  • Tinzaparin
  • Tirofiban
  • Venlafaxine
  • Vilazodone
  • Vortioxetine
  • Zimeldine

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Acebutolol
  • Acetohexamide
  • Alacepril
  • Alprenolol
  • Amiloride
  • Amlodipine
  • Arotinolol
  • Atenolol
  • Azilsartan Medoxomil
  • Azosemide
  • Befunolol
  • Bemetizide
  • Benazepril
  • Bendroflumethiazide
  • Benzthiazide
  • Bepridil
  • Betaxolol
  • Bevantolol
  • Bisoprolol
  • Bopindolol
  • Bucindolol
  • Bumetanide
  • Bupranolol
  • Buthiazide
  • Candesartan Cilexetil
  • Canrenoate
  • Captopril
  • Carteolol
  • Carvedilol
  • Celiprolol
  • Chlorothiazide
  • Chlorpropamide
  • Chlorthalidone
  • Cilazapril
  • Clopamide
  • Cyclopenthiazide
  • Delapril
  • Desvenlafaxine
  • Dilevalol
  • Diltiazem
  • Dipyridamole
  • Enalaprilat
  • Enalapril Maleate
  • Eprosartan
  • Esmolol
  • Ethacrynic Acid
  • Felodipine
  • Flunarizine
  • Fosinopril
  • Furosemide
  • Gallopamil
  • Gentamicin
  • Gliclazide
  • Glimepiride
  • Glipizide
  • Gliquidone
  • Glyburide
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Hydroflumethiazide
  • Imidapril
  • Indapamide
  • Irbesartan
  • Isradipine
  • Labetalol
  • Lacidipine
  • Landiolol
  • Levobetaxolol
  • Levobunolol
  • Lidoflazine
  • Lisinopril
  • Lithium
  • Losartan
  • Manidipine
  • Mepindolol
  • Methyclothiazide
  • Metipranolol
  • Metolazone
  • Metoprolol
  • Moexipril
  • Nadolol
  • Nebivolol
  • Nicardipine
  • Nifedipine
  • Nilvadipine
  • Nimodipine
  • Nipradilol
  • Nisoldipine
  • Nitrendipine
  • Olmesartan Medoxomil
  • Oxprenolol
  • Penbutolol
  • Pentopril
  • Perindopril
  • Pindolol
  • Piretanide
  • Polythiazide
  • Pranidipine
  • Propranolol
  • Quinapril
  • Ramipril
  • Sotalol
  • Spirapril
  • Spironolactone
  • Talinolol
  • Tasosartan
  • Telmisartan
  • Temocapril
  • Tertatolol
  • Timolol
  • Tolazamide
  • Tolbutamide
  • Torsemide
  • Trandolapril
  • Triamterene
  • Trichlormethiazide
  • Valsartan
  • Verapamil
  • Warfarin
  • Xipamide
  • Zofenopril

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Anemia or
  • Asthma or
  • Bleeding problems or
  • Blood clots or
  • Depression or other mental changes or
  • Edema (fluid retention or body swelling) or
  • Heart attack, history of or
  • Heart disease (e.g., congestive heart failure) or
  • Hepatitis, history of or
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) or
  • Kidney disease or
  • Parkinsonism or
  • Seizures or epilepsy, history of or
  • Stomach or intestinal ulcers or bleeding, history of or
  • Stroke, history of—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Aspirin-sensitive asthma, history of or
  • Aspirin sensitivity, history of—This medicine should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Heart surgery (e.g., coronary artery bypass graft [CABG] surgery)—This medicine should not be used to relieve pain right before or after the surgery.
  • Liver disease—Use with caution. Effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.

Proper Use

For safe and effective use of this medicine, do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Taking too much of this medicine may increase the chance of unwanted effects.

This medicine should come with a medication guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Shake the oral suspension well before each use. Measure the medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid.

When used for severe or continuing arthritis, this medicine must be taken regularly as ordered by your doctor in order for it to help you. This medicine usually begins to work within one week, but in severe cases up to two weeks or even longer may pass before you begin to feel better. Also, several weeks may pass before you feel the full effects of this medicine.

It is best to take this medicine with food.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage forms (capsules and suspension):
    • For acute gouty arthritis:
      • Adults—50 milligrams (mg) three times a day. Your doctor may decrease your dose as needed.
      • Children 15 years of age and above—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor.
      • Children below 14 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For acute painful shoulder (bursitis or tendinitis):
      • Adults—75 to 150 milligrams (mg) per day, divided into three or four equal doses, and taken for one to two weeks as determined by your doctor.
      • Children 15 years of age and above—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor.
      • Children below 14 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For moderate to severe ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis:
      • Adults—25 milligrams (mg) two or three times a day. Your doctor may increase your dose by 25 or 50 mg per day, as needed. However, the total dose is usually not more than 200 mg per day.
      • Children 15 years of age and above—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor.
      • Children below 14 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to take it. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

This medicine may raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This is more likely in people who already have heart disease. People who use this medicine for a long time might also have a higher risk.

This medicine may cause bleeding in your stomach or intestines. These problems can happen without warning signs. This is more likely if you have had a stomach ulcer in the past, if you smoke or drink alcohol regularly, if you are over 60 years of age, are in poor health, or are using certain other medicines (such as a steroid medicine or a blood thinner).

Serious skin reactions can occur during treatment with this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms while taking this medicine: blistering, peeling, loosening of the skin; chills; cough; diarrhea; fever; itching; joint or muscle pain' red skin lesions; sore throat; sores, ulcers, white spots in the mouth or on the lips; or unusual tiredness or weakness.

Some possible warning signs of serious side effects that can occur during treatment with this medicine may include black, tarry stools; decreased urination; severe stomach pain; skin rash; swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual weight gain; vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee ground; or yellow skin or eyes. Also, signs of serious heart problems could occur such as chest pain, tightness in the chest, fast or irregular heartbeat, unusual flushing or warmth of the skin, weakness, or slurring of speech. Stop taking this medicine and check with your doctor immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

This medicine may also cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Although this is rare, it may occur more often in patients who are allergic to aspirin or to any of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. The most serious signs of this reaction are very fast or irregular breathing, gasping for breath, wheezing, or fainting. Other signs may include changes in color of the skin of the face; very fast but irregular heartbeat or pulse; hive-like swellings on the skin; and puffiness or swellings of the eyelids or around the eyes. If these effects occur, get emergency help at once.

Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away. Do not use this medicine during the later part of a pregnancy unless your doctor tells you to.

Check with your doctor immediately if blurred vision, difficulty in reading, or any other change in vision occurs during or after treatment. Your doctor may want you to have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor).

This medicine may cause some people to become dizzy, lightheaded, drowsy, or less alert than they are normally. Even if taken at bedtime, it may cause some people to feel drowsy or less alert on arising. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

Before having any kind of surgery or medical tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine. It may be necessary for you to stop treatment for a while, or to change to a different nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug before your procedure.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

  1. Acid or sour stomach
  2. belching
  3. diarrhea
  4. heartburn
  5. indigestion
  6. nausea
  7. stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  8. vomiting

Rare

  1. Abdominal or stomach cramping, burning, or tenderness
  2. back or leg pains
  3. bleeding gums
  4. blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  5. bloody or black, tarry stools
  6. blue lips and fingernails
  7. blurred vision
  8. breast enlargement and tenderness
  9. burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  10. burning upper abdominal pain
  11. canker sores
  12. change in consciousness
  13. change in hearing
  14. chest pain, discomfort, or burning
  15. clay colored stools
  16. cloudy or bloody urine
  17. confusion
  18. continuing diarrhea
  19. cough or hoarseness
  20. coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
  21. cracks in the skin
  22. dark urine
  23. decreased appetite
  24. decreased vision or any change in vision
  25. depression
  26. difficult or labored breathing
  27. difficulty with swallowing
  28. dilated neck veins
  29. dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  30. double vision
  31. dry mouth
  32. extreme fatigue
  33. false sense of well-being
  34. feeling of unreality
  35. feeling of warmth
  36. fever with or without chills
  37. flushed, dry skin
  38. fruit-like breath odor
  39. general body swelling
  40. greatly decreased frequency of urination or amount of urine
  41. hair loss
  42. headache
  43. heavier menstrual periods
  44. hives or welts
  45. increased hunger
  46. increased sweating
  47. increased thirst
  48. increased urination
  49. irregular breathing
  50. irritation and swelling of the eye
  51. itching skin
  52. jerky movements of the head, face, mouth, and neck
  53. joint pain
  54. large, flat, blue or purplish patches in the skin
  55. large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  56. loss of appetite
  57. loss of balance control
  58. loss of bladder control
  59. loss of consciousness
  60. loss of hearing
  61. loss of heat from the body
  62. lower back or side pain
  63. mask-like face
  64. mental confusion
  65. mood swings
  66. muscle aches, pains, or weakness
  67. muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
  68. nervousness
  69. noisy, rattling breathing
  70. nosebleeds
  71. numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  72. pain in the ankles or knees
  73. pain or discomfort in the upper stomach, or throat
  74. pain with swallowing
  75. painful or difficult urination
  76. painful, red lumps under the skin, mostly on the legs
  77. pale skin
  78. persistent bleeding or oozing from puncture sites, mouth, or nose
  79. personality changes
  80. pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
  81. pounding in the ears
  82. puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  83. red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  84. red, irritated eyes
  85. red, swollen skin
  86. redness of the face, neck, arms and occasionally, upper chest
  87. scaly skin
  88. seeing double
  89. seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  90. seizures
  91. sense of detachment from self or body
  92. severe constipation
  93. severe mental changes
  94. severe or continuing stomach pain
  95. shortness of breath
  96. shuffling walk
  97. skin rash
  98. slow, fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  99. slowed movements
  100. slurred speech
  101. small red or purple spots on the skin
  102. sore throat
  103. sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or tongue or inside the mouth
  104. stiffness of the arms and legs
  105. sudden loss of consciousness
  106. sugar in the urine
  107. swelling in the legs and ankles
  108. swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  109. swelling of the breasts or breast soreness in both females and males
  110. swollen or painful glands
  111. tightness in the chest
  112. trembling and shaking of the fingers and hands
  113. troubled breathing at rest
  114. troubled breathing with exertion
  115. unexplained weight loss
  116. unpleasant breath odor
  117. unsteadiness or awkwardness
  118. unusual bleeding or bruising
  119. unusual tiredness or weakness
  120. vaginal bleeding
  121. vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  122. weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  123. weight gain
  124. wheezing
  125. yellow eyes or skin

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of overdose

  1. Confusion about identity, place, and time
  2. severe headache
  3. unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  1. Mild headache

Less common

  1. Continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  2. difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  3. discouragement
  4. feeling sad or empty
  5. general feeling of discomfort or illness
  6. hearing loss
  7. irritability
  8. loss of interest or pleasure
  9. sleepiness
  10. trouble with concentrating

Rare

  1. Anxiety
  2. bloated full feeling
  3. changes in patterns and rhythms of speech
  4. excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
  5. feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  6. involuntary muscle movements
  7. lightheadedness
  8. passing gas
  9. sensation of spinning
  10. sleeplessness
  11. tiredness
  12. trouble with speaking
  13. trouble sleeping
  14. unable to sleep

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.