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Indomethacin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that’s used to relieve pain in a number of medical conditions that are caused by swelling.

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These include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bursitis and tendonitis.

If you’d like to find out if indomethacin would provide effective treatment for your pain, talk to one of our doctors today. They’ll talk to you about your symptoms and recommend the best course of action.

Taking a dose of indomethacin

Indomethacin Dosage

When you’re prescribed indomethacin, your doctor will aim to give you the lowest dose that proves effective in managing your pain. This is done intentionally, so you shouldn’t increase or change your dose without talking to a doctor first.

Indomethacin is most often taken as an extended-release capsule that must be swallowed whole, not chewed or crushed.

If you accidentally miss a dose, you can take it as soon as you realise, unless it’s almost time for your next dose anyway. If this happens, never take a double dose to make up for it, just go back to your normal schedule and try not to forget again.

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What Are The Side Effects of Indomethacin?

There are a number of possible side effects indomethacin can cause. These are usually mild and will go away once you stop taking the drug. They include:

However, in rare cases you may experience more serious side effects. Seek emergency medical help if you notice:

  • Blood in your poo - this could be a sign of stomach or intestinal bleeding
  • Signs of a heart attack - shortness of breath,pain in your arm, shoulder or jaw
  • Signs of a stroke - weakness down one side of your body, trouble speaking or seeing, dizziness
  • Signs of an allergic reaction - trouble breathing, swollen face, severe skin rash
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Things to avoid

It’s important that you tell your doctor about your medical history, including any allergies or other medication you’re taking. They need to know this in order to decide if indomethacin is suitable for you.

This medicine might not be safe for people with:

  • Heart, liver or kidney problems
  • Asthma
  • A history of stomach issues

Indomethacin should also not be given to children under 14.

Taking indomethacin over a long period of time, or in high doses, will increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Indomethacin and Alcohol

Alcohol will increase your chances of developing a bleed in your stomach while you’re taking indomethacin, so it’s best to avoid it altogether during your treatment.

Is It Safe to Take Indomethacin During Pregnancy?

Like most NSAIDs, indomethacin should not be taken during your final trimester. Doing so could harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking this medication.

There’s also evidence that indomethacin can pass into breast milk and harm your baby. Speak to a GP for more advice.

If you're planning on trying for a baby, you should also let your doctor know before they prescribe medication. 

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Indomethacin may not be suitable for some pregnant women

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Indomethacin is just one of many possible options for managing your pain. Talk to our doctors about your symptoms and get the advice you’re looking for at a time and place to suit you.

If you need a prescription, our GPs can write you one straight away and you’ll be able to pick up your indomethacin from your chosen pharmacy.

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