Indocin belongs to a group of drugs called Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory drugs and is used to reduce the inflammation associated with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis (acute painful shoulder) and osteoarthritis.
How to use Indocin
The ideal way to use Indocin is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Indocin should be taken with a full glass of water.
Preferably, Indocin should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Indocin without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Indocin to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Since Indocin is a sexual enhancement drug, it is taken only when required. So a missed dose is highly unlikely.
Store Indocin between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Indocin in the bathroom.
An Indocin overdose may have certain adverse symptoms like convulsions, disorientation, dizziness, intense headache, lethargy, mental confusion, nausea, numbness, tingling. which may require immediate medical attention. So please contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that the patient has overdosed on Indocin.
Although there are no reported cases of a Indocin overdose, you must contact your doctor immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Consult your doctor before using Indocin if you are taking blood-thinning medication, have kidney or liver disease, heart disease or high blood pressure, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Indocin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), you have had a severe allergic reaction (e.g., severe rash, hives, trouble breathing, growths in the nose, dizziness) to aspirin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) (e.g., ibuprofen, celecoxib), you have recently had or will be having bypass heart surgery, you are taking diflunisal, another NSAID (e.g., ibuprofen), or triamterene, you are in the last 3 months of pregnancy.
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Indocin as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Indocin as Indocin may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Indocin is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Certain patients experience conditions like severe stomach or back pain, black, tarry stools, vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds, or unusual weight gain or swelling while taking Indocin. If you notice this, then contact your doctor immediately as it may be a sign of serious stomach ulcers.
Indocin can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking
You must inform your doctor or your dentist about Indocin before you undergo treatment or any emergency surgery.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests including kidney function, complete blood cell counts, and blood pressure while taking Indocin. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.
Please maintain caution while using Indocin in children below 14 years of age and also in elderly patients as the safety as well as effectiveness of Indocin in these patients are yet to be ascertained.