Indocin is used for treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. It is used to treat gout or certain types of bursitis and tendonitis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Use Indocin with a full glass of water as directed by your doctor. To avoid stomach upset take Indocin with a meal.
Before taking Indocin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have allergies to medicines, if you are allergic to any ingredient in Indocin, if you have a history of kidney or liver disease, diabetes, or stomach or bowel problems (eg, bleeding, perforation, ulcers, inflammation), have a history of swelling or fluid buildup, depression, mental or mood problems, seizures, Parkinson disease, asthma, growths in the nose (nasal polyps), or mouth inflammation, have high blood pressure, a blood disorder, bleeding or clotting problems, heart problems (eg, heart failure), or blood vessel disease, or if you are at risk for any of these diseases, have poor health, dehydration or low fluid volume, low blood sodium levels, or high blood potassium levels, you drink alcohol, or you have a history of alcohol abuse, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast–feeding. Indocin may harm the fetus. Do not use it during the last 3 months of pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Indocin while you are pregnant. Indocin is found in breast milk. Do not breast–feed while you are taking Indocin. Some medicines may interact with Indocin. Therefore tell your doctor of all prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement that you are taking. Do not take Indocin if you have had a severe allergic reaction to aspirin or an NSAID (eg, ibuprofen, celecoxib), if you have recently had or will be having bypass heart surgery or you are taking diflunisal, another NSAID (eg, ibuprofen), or triamterene. Serious stomach ulcers or bleeding can occur with the use of Indocin. Taking it in high doses or for a long time, smoking, or drinking alcohol increases the risk of these side effects. Taking Indocin with food will not reduce the risk of these effects. Contact your doctor at once if you develop severe stomach or back pain, black, tarry stools, vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds, or unusual weight gain or swelling. Do not take Indocin if you already taking an NSAID. Avoid taking aspirin with Indocin. Indocin may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know that you take Indocin. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of Indocin and might require a lower dose. Indocin should be used with extreme caution in children younger than 15 year old, safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Possible Side Effects
Some of the Possible Side Effects are- Constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, gas, headache, heartburn, nausea, stomach upset. Contact your doctor if any of these or other side effects occur. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately- allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, trouble breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), blood in the urine, bloody or black, tarry stools, change in the amount of urine produced, chest pain, confusion, dark urine, depression, fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat, fever, chills, or persistent sore throat, mental or mood changes, numbness of an arm or leg, one–sided weakness, rectal bleeding, red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin, ringing in the ears, seizures, severe headache or dizziness, severe or persistent stomach pain or nausea, severe vomiting, shortness of breath, sudden or unexplained weight gain, swelling of hands, legs, or feet, unusual bruising or bleeding, unusual joint or muscle pain, unusual tiredness or weakness, unusual vaginal bleeding, vision or speech changes, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Store Indocin at 15 – 30 °C. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Indocin out of the reach of children.
If overdose is suspected seek medical attention immediately. Some of the symptoms of Indocin overdose are- confusion, decreased urination, loss of consciousness, seizures, severe dizziness or drowsiness, severe headache, severe nausea or stomach pain, slow or troubled breathing, unusual bleeding or bruising, vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Indocin may cause dizziness or drowsiness. These effects may worsen if Indocin is taken with alcohol or certain other medications. Use Indocin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to this drug. If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, contact your doctor. Indocin should be used only by the patient for whom it has been prescribed. Do not take less or more or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
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