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Generic Name: Indomethacin
Product Name: Indocid


Indomethacin is used in the treatment of:


Indomethacin inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins which are involved in pain, inflammation and fever. By inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis indomethacin is effective in relieving pain, swelling and other symptoms and signs of inflammation.Although indomethacin will relieve symptoms it will not alter the course of the underlying disease.

Dose advice

The recommended dosage of Indomethacin is 50 to 200 mg daily and this should be adjusted depending on the patient’s response to the medication.Patients with persistent night pain or morning stiffness should take 100 mg at bedtime.


150 to 200 mg per day is given until all symptoms have stopped.

Period Pain:

25 mg three times a day is given from the onset of cramps or bleeding and is continued until the symptoms cease.



Common side effects

Uncommon side effects

  • Salt and fluid retention.
  • High Blood Pressure.
  • Gastrointestinal ulceration: Ulcers can develop in the oesophagus, stomach, or intestines and may bleed.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Chest pain.
  • Changes in vision.
  • Hearing disturbances.
  • Flushing and sweating.
  • Nosebleeds.
  • Enlarged, tender breasts.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Anxiety.
  • Fainting episodes.
  • Allergic reactions including skin rashes and hives.

For further information talk to your doctor.


Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 1 January, 1970


Created by: myVMC