Indocin (Indomethacin) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medication is used to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bursitis and tendonitis. Indomethacin works by blocking the body’s production of certain natural substances that cause inflammation which helps to decrease swelling and pain. NSAIDs are used to treat the symptoms of pain and inflammation; they do not treat the disease that causes those symptoms.
We currently have the generic Indomethacin and Indomethacin Suppositories from Canada manufactured by Sandoz or Teva. This medication is available in the strength of 25mg and 50mg and 100mg tablets/suppositories. The brand Indocin is currently not available.
The common side effects may include dizziness, drowsiness, headache, heartburn and upset stomach. The serious side effects may include:
• Difficult/painful swallowing;
• Hearing changes;
• Mental/mood changes;
• Sudden or unexplained weight gain;
• Swelling of the hands or feet;
• Unusual tiredness
You should not take Indomethacin if you are allergic to it or to aspirin or other NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and celecoxib) or if you have any other allergies. Before you start using this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history and about the other medications you are taking including OTC and herbal medications. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. You should not do any activity that requires you to be alert until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Indomethacin can make you more sensitive to the sun. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when you are outdoors. You should not take this medication during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. This drug does pass into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on the nursing infant. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding a baby.