In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00337420 ||TEVA-INDOMETHACIN 25MG CAPSULE|
|00337439 ||TEVA-INDOMETHACIN 50MG CAPSULE|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Indomethacin belongs to the class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). It works by reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation. Indomethacin is used for the relief of mild to moderately severe pain accompanied by inflammation. It can be used for people with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and gout.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
When used on a regular basis, the usual recommended adult starting dose of indomethacin capsules is 25 mg to 50 mg 2 or 3 times a day. Your doctor will gradually increase the dose until the best results are achieved with the least amount of side effects. The maximum recommended daily dose of indomethacin is 200 mg. Indomethacin should always be taken with food or antacids to reduce stomach upset.
The recommended dose of indomethacin suppositories is 100 mg to 200 mg daily. Doses higher than 100 mg must be given in 2 divided doses.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
This medication is available as 25 mg and 50 mg capsules.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take indomethacin if you:
- are or may be allergic to indomethacin or any ingredients of the medication
- have had an allergic reaction to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) or other anti-inflammatory medications
- currently have or recently had inflammatory diseases of the stomach and intestines such as stomach or intestinal ulcer or ulcerative colitis
- have bleeding in the brain or other bleeding disorders
- have severe liver or kidney disease
- have severe uncontrolled heart failure
- have high blood levels of potassium
- are currently taking other NSAIDs
- are in the third trimester of pregnancy
Do not use indomethacin suppositories if you:
- have any of the conditions listed above
- have inflammation of the rectum or anus
- have recently had rectal or anal bleeding