Indometacin ( Indomethacin )
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Indometacin is the international non proprietary name and the US approved name for the medication is Indomethacin. There are many trade names for this medication like Indocin, Indocid, and Indochron. It is available in the form of capsules, suppositories, oral suspension, and IV injections. The main active ingredient of this medication is Indomethacin. This medication is used in the treatment of patients suffering from moderate to acute rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis, osteoarthritis, gouty arthritis, and who have shoulder pain. 25 mg and 50 mg capsules are available. The oral suspension available is 25mg per 5 mL. Suppositories of 50 mg are also available.
The lowest possible dosage is always recommended for the shortest treatment time possible. Based on the response of the patient to the medication given the future doses can be adjusted to get more effective treatment. For acute pain the dosage of Indometacin can be given up to 100 mg per day. Starting with 25 mg the dosage can be increased by 25 mg or 50 mg on weekly basis until the needed effectiveness is got. If you see any adverse reactions on using these drugs it is better to stop using that drug. In patients with acute shoulder pain you can use up to 150 mg per day dividing that in to 3 or 4 doses. If the inflammation is reduced then you can discontinue this medication. In case of acute gouty arthritis a 50 mg dosage can be taken and you can see pain relief in about four hours. At this dosage the inflammation totally goes off in 3 or 4 days.
For kids below 14 years of age this medication is not recommended. The daily dosage of Indometacin should not exceed 150 to 200 mg per day. Beyond this dosage the medication is not that effective. Patients should be monitored for any adverse reactions and if found the dosage can be reduced to the tolerable limits. Side effects like headaches, nausea, and vomiting are found in some patients who took this medication. Drugs like aspirin, cyclosporine, digoxin, and certain other drugs interact with this Indometacin hence care should be taken when you take Indometacin with these drugs.
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