Drug Class: What is Indocin and why is it prescribed?
Indocin Mechanism: How does Indocin work?
Indocin Dosage: How should you take Indocin
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Indocin
Special information on Indocin
Indocin side effects
|Drug Class: What is Indocin and why is it prescribed?|
|Generic Indocin is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID). Generic Indocin relieves the inflammation and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis and gout.|
|Indocin Mechanism: How does Indocin work?|
|Generic Indocin contains the active ingredient indomethacin, which is a type of medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). All the medicines in the NSAID group reduce inflammation caused by the body\'s own immune system and are effective painkillers.
Generic Indocin works by blocking the action of an enzyme in the body called cyclo-oxygenase. Cyclo-oxygenase is involved in the production of various compounds in the body, some of which are known as prostaglandins. The body in response to injury and certain diseases produces prostaglandins and they go on to cause the pain, swelling and inflammation of these conditions. Arthritic conditions are one example of this.
As Generic Indocin stops the body producing these inflammatory prostaglandins, it relieves the associated pain and inflammation.
Generic Indocin is used to relieve pain and inflammation in a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, gout, back pain and tendinitis. Generic Indocin can also be used to relieve pain and inflammation following orthopaedic (bone) procedures and to relieve period pain.
|Indocin Dosage: How should you take Indocin|
|Generic Indocin should be taken with food or an antacid, and with a full glass of water. Never take Generic Indocin on an empty stomach.
Take Generic Indocin exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you are using Generic Indocin for arthritis, it should be taken regularly.
Generic Indocin SR capsules should be swallowed whole, not crushed or broken.
Do not lie down for about 20 to 30 minutes after taking Generic Indocin. This helps prevent irritation that could lead to trouble in swallowing.
Your doctor may prescribe a single daily 75-milligram capsule of Generic Indocin SR in place of regular Generic Indocin.
Bursitis or Tendonitis
Acute Gouty Arthritis
If you miss an Generic Indocin dose
Generic Indocin Overdose
Symptoms of Generic Indocin overdose include
Generic Indocin Storage instructions
Store Generic Indocin at room temperature below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused amount of Generic Indocin after the expiration date.
Preparations of Generic Indocin: Capsules - 25mg, 50mg, SR 75mg
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Indocin|
|Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicines, including those bought over-the-counter and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with Generic Indocin. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before you take any new medicines while you are taking Generic Indocin.
Generic Indocin may increase the blood levels of the following medicines:
This may result in an increased risk of side effects from these medicines, and their doctor should therefore closely monitor people taking Generic Indocin with any of the above.
If Generic Indocin is taken with the antipsychotic medicine haloperidol there may be a risk of profound drowsiness and confusion.
There may be a small increased risk of convulsions if Generic Indocin is taken with quinolone-type antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin.
There may be an increased risk of bleeding if Generic Indocin is taken with blood-thinning or anti-clotting medicines (anticoagulants) such as warfarin. People taking Generic Indocin with an anticoagulant should be closely monitored by their doctor.
There may be an increased risk of side effects such as stomach irritation if Generic Indocin is taken with corticosteroids such as prednisolone.
Generic Indocin should not be taken with any other NSAID, eg ibuprofen, as this increases the risk of side effects, particularly on the gut.
Generic Indocin may enhance the absorption of tiludronic acid (used for Paget\'s disease) from the gut. If you are taking both these medicines it is recommended the doses are separated by two hours to avoid this.
The following medicines may increase the blood level of Generic Indocin, which may increase the risk of side effects, particularly in people with kidney problems:
Generic Indocin may reduce the blood pressure lowering effects of antihypertensive medicines such as the following:
|Special information on Indocin|
|Most Important Fact about Generic Indocin
If you are taking Generic Indocin regularly then you should have frequent checkups with your doctor. Ulcers or internal bleeding can occur without warning.
Generic Indocin precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Generic Indocin passes into breast milk. Women who are breastfeeding should not use Generic Indocin. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Special warnings about Generic Indocin
During long-term treatment, routine blood tests are recommended. This is to ensure that Generic Indocin is causing no problems.
Generic Indocin may cause dizziness and so may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery safely. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Generic Indocin affects you and you are sure it won\'t affect your performance.
People with impaired kidney, liver or heart function that are taking Generic Indocin should have their kidney function monitored.
Generic Indocin is not recommended for use in children.
Generic Indocin may mask the signs and symptoms of infection. This may make you think mistakenly that an infection is getting better when it isn\'t, or that an infection is less serious than it is. For this reason you should tell your doctor if you get an infection while you are taking Generic Indocin.
It is important that a doctor while taking Generic Indocin, particularly if elderly closely monitors people with a history of disorders affecting the stomach or intestines. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience side effects such as stomach pain, indigestion, heartburn or signs of bleeding
|Indocin side effects|
More common side effects of Generic Indocin may include:
Less common side effects of Generic Indocin may include:
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