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Indomethacin: what is it, what is it for and what harm does it cause

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Indomethacin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis, menstrual cramps, post-surgical pain, for example, it acts by reducing the production of substance in the body responsible for causing inflammation and pain.

This medication is available in pharmacies or drugstores in capsules, in doses of 25 and 50 mg, and can be purchased under the commercial names Ardosons, Indocid or Malival, under medical indication.

Indomethacin can be used in adults or children older than 2 years of age, and must be used in dosis and time guided by the doctor.



what is it for

Indomethacin is indicated for the treatment of:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis;
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis;
  • Osteoarthritis;
  • Degenerative hip arthropathy;
  • Ankylosing spondylitis;
  • Acute gouty arthritis;
  • Bursitis;
  • tendinitis;
  • Synovitis;
  • Capsulitis, shoulder sprains or distensions;
  • Low back pain;
  • Post dental or orthopedic surgeries;
  • menstrual cramps;
  • Fever.

Likewise, this medication can also be used to treat pain and swelling caused by fractures or dislocation of the bones.

The indomethacin capsule should be taken orally, with a bottle of water or milk, preferably with food, and its effect starts within 30 minutes of taking it.

The recommended dose for adults varies from 50 mg to 200 mg daily, which can be administered in a single or divided dose every 12, 8 or 6 hours, and the treatment period must be prescribed by a doctor.



For the treatment of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, in children over 2 years of age, the dose varies according to the child’s weight, recommending as an initial dose 2 mg per kg of body weight, taken 2 to 3 times a day. This dose can be increased to a maximum of 4 mg per kg of body weight per day, according to the doctor’s instructions.

In case the person forgets to take the dose at the stipulated time, he should only take it if he remembers, but if it is about the hour of the next dose, he should omit the forgotten dose and wait at the following time. Under no circumstances should you take the double dose to make up for the forgotten dose.

Some of the most common side effects that can arise during treatment with indomethacin include headache, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, vertigo, seasickness, excessive tiredness, depression, dizziness, lack of concentration, abdominal pain, stress or diarrhea.

Indomethacin can cause severe allergic reactions that require immediate medical attention. For this reason, it is necessary to stop the treatment and go to the health station more close to presenting symptoms such as difficulty breathing, coughing, pain in the throat, tight throat sensation, swelling in the mouth, tongue or face, intense comezón, formation of blisters or skin peeling, pain or burning in eyes. See how to identify the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction.

In addition, immediate medical attention should also be sought in case the person has symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, such as pain in the chest that radiates to the face of the shoulder, numbness or sudden tingling on the side of the body, slow or difficult to speak, the sensation of lack of air.

Indomethacin should not be used by children under 2 years of age, women who are embarrassed or in the period of lactation, people with active peptic ulcer the antecedent of this.

Furthermore, indomethacin should not be used by people with problems in the heart, kidneys. infections, diabetes with renal impairment, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, which can lead to clotting problems, which can increase the risk of bleeding or bleeding.

This medication should also be used by people allergic to indomethacin or to the components of the formula, who suffer from acute asthma attacks, urticaria or rhinitis caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as acetylsalicylic acid or ibuprofen, for example.

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