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Indocin is an oral capsule consisting of a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug called indomethacin. We carry the generic alternative to this medication in 25mg and 50mg!

Indocin can be used for the relief of quite a few different painful conditions. These conditions include… Severe osteoarthritis; a condition that occurs when the tissue (cartilage) protecting your joints slowly wears away and allows the bones to rub together, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis; a condition in which your immune system “malfunctions” and instead of helping your body fight infections, it begins to attack the lining of your joints. This condition also causes pain, swelling and stiffness and may also lead to bone loss. Gouty arthritis; this arthritic condition is caused by uric acid build ups in the joints, usually when not enough uric acid is displaced through the urine. Gouty arthritis has the same painful symptoms of severe osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Ankylosing spondylitis (autoimmune disease);  Similar to rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system begins attacking healthy cells in your body instead of foreign ones. Not only does this condition cause the usual inflammation (pain, swelling and stiffness) but can also cause hair loss, rashes, fever and more. Additionally, Indocin can be used to treat shoulder pain caused by bursitis or tendinitis. These conditions occur when a joint is over used, or can be caused by gout or an infection.

Indocin (indomethacin) is effective in treating conditions related to the joints because the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent is able to block the body’s natural production of certain substances in the body that cause inflammation to occur, decreasing any swelling and pain, allowing for a quicker healing progress.

Follow all the directions on your prescription bottle. These are the directions given to you by your doctor; ensure you follow their directions very carefully.

Swallow this capsule whole with a glass of water.

If you use this medication for long term, you may need frequent medical tests; consult your doctor about which tests you may need.

Store this medication at room temperature away from heat and moisture.


Indocin is a very beneficial medication, however, Indocin can result in conditions such as heart attack and stroke, which can be fatal and can occur to anyone using Indocin regardless of risk factors prior to using this drug. It is important you do not use Indocin before or after a heart bypass surgery.

Rarely, Indocin can cause stomach bleeding, which can turn fatal. This may occur suddenly without warning and is more likely to occur in those older in age.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to indomethacin or any of the in active ingredients found in Indocin. If you have ever had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking an aspirin or another NSAID, you should find an alternate medication as Indocin may not be safe for you.

To make sure this medication is safe and effective for your use, make sure to tell your doctor about all other medications you are taking and all medical conditions, including if you have ever had heart disease, high blood pressure, a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot, fluid retention, bleeding problems, stomach ulcers or bleeding, asthma, liver or kidney disease, or if you smoke.

Do not take this medication in the final 3 months of pregnancy; doing so may harm your unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.

It may not be safe to breast feed while using this drug, Avoid breast feeding until you have discussed with your doctor the benefits and risks of this drug on an nursing infant.

If you are female; this drug may affect your fertility (ability to have children) temporarily.

This medication should not be given to anyone under the age of 14 years old.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Indocin (indomethacin) may include:

indigestion, nausea; headache; or dizziness.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Indocin (indomethacin) may include:

a skin rash, no matter how mild; changes in your vision;

If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.

Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…

heart attack or stroke; chest pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, leg swelling, feeling short of breath.

heart problems; swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath;

liver or pancreas problems; -loss of appetite, upper stomach pain (that may spread to your back), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, unusual tiredness, itching, flu-like symptoms, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);

stomach bleeding; bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;

kidney problems; little or no urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath; or

anemia; pale skin, unusual tiredness, feeling light-headed or short of breath, cold hands and feet.


What should I avoid while on this medication?

Avoid alcohol consumption. Heavy drinking can lead to more of an increased risk of stomach bleeding.

How should I store this product?

Do not allow this product to become wet or over heated. Store at room temperature.

What is the average dose for an adult with rheumatoid arthritis?

The average dose for an adult with rheumatoid arthritis is an initial dose of 25mg taken 2 or 3 times a day, increased by 25mg – 50mg weekly. Do not exceed a max of 100mg in a single dose or a max of 200mg in a day.

What are some other NSAIDs that I should not mix with this one (Indocin)?

Other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that interact with Indocin include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac, meloxicam, and others.

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