Indocin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, is used to relieve the inflammation, swelling, stiffness and joint pain associated with moderate or severe rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine). It is also used to treat bursitis, tendinitis (acute painful shoulder), acute gouty arthritis, and other kinds of pain.How should you take this medication?
Return to top
Indocin should be taken with food or an antacid, and with a full glass of water. Never take on an empty stomach.
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you are using Indocin for arthritis, it should be taken regularly.
If you are taking the liquid form of this medicine, shake the bottle well before each use.
Indocin SR capsules should be swallowed whole, not crushed or broken.
Do not lie down for about 20 to 30 minutes after taking Indocin. This helps prevent irritation that could lead to trouble in swallowing.
If you are using the suppository form of this medicine:
If the suppository is too soft to insert, hold it under cool water or chill it before removing the wrapper
Remove the foil wrapper and moisten your rectal area with cool tap water.
Lie down your side and use your finger to push the suppository well up into the rectum. Hold your buttocks together for a few seconds.
Indocin suppositories should be kept inside the rectum for at least 1 hour so that all of the medicine can be absorbed by your body.
–If you miss a dose…
Take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular schedule. Never take a double dose.
The liquid and suppository forms of Indocin may be stored at room temperature.