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What Condition Does Indomethacin Treat and Its Price?

Indomethacin is an FDA-approved prescription used to relieve inflammation and pain. The effect of Indomethacin helps to decrease swelling and pain. This comes as a capsule for oral use.

What condition does Indomethacin treat?

Indomethacin is mostly prescribed by many doctors to use in adults for the treatment of a wide range of disorders such as:

  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Acute gout
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Indomethacin is also known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This blocks the production of certain natural substances that your body makes which causes inflammation.

How does Indomethacin work?

Indomethacin blocks the action of a substance in the body called cyclo-oxygenase (COX). COX is involved in the production of various chemicals in the body. Some of which are known as prostaglandins. These are produced by the body in response to injury and certain diseases and conditions. It causes inflammation, pain, and swelling. Indomethacin blocks the creation of these prostaglandins and as a result, this is effective at decreasing pain and inflammation.

What is the dosage of Indomethacin?

This medicine is to be taken by mouth usually 2 to 3 times a day or as directed by your doctor. Swallow the capsule as a whole with a full glass of water. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medicine. If stomach upset happen, take it with food, antacid, or milk. The recommended dosage will depend on your medical condition and response to the treatment. To reduce the risk of other side effects, take the medicine at the lowest effective dosage for the shortest time. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than the prescription. Remember to take this prescription in the same way and at the same time each day.

Before you notice the full benefits, it may take up to 4 weeks when this drug is taken regularly in certain conditions. If you are taking this on an as-needed basis, remember that pain medications work best if they are used as the first signs of pain occur. Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse. If you missed a dose, call your doctor for instructions. Do not double the dosage to make up for the missed dose.

What are the precautions in using Indomethacin?

  • Indomethacin may cause dizziness that may affect your capacity to operate machinery or drive safely. Do not operate machinery or drive until you know how this medicine affects you and you are sure it won’t affect your performance.
  • The lowest effective dose of this medicine will be given by your doctor. It may be for the shortest possible time needed to relieve your symptoms. This is to minimize the chances of any side effects. It is important not to exceed the prescribed dose.
  • Certain medicines should not be used during breastfeeding or pregnancy. On the other hand, other medications may be used without harm in breastfeeding or pregnancy if the benefit to the mother outweighs the risks to the unborn baby. Inform your doctor if you are planning a pregnancy or pregnant, before using any medication.
  • Let your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction to this drug. Tell also if you have any allergies. This medication may contain an ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
  • Use this with caution in people with a history of disorders that affects the stomach, who have inflammatory bowel disease, decreased kidney or liver function, heart failure, or high blood pressure.
  • For people with a history of stroke, heart disease, poor blood circulation in the arteries of the legs, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, or smoker, this prescription should as well be sued carefully.
  • Indomethacin is not recommended for use in children, people with nasal polyps, active peptic ulcers, severe kidney or liver failure, severe heart failure, or in people who are allergic to aspirin.
  • If you have any overdose signs, call for emergency medical assistance right away or call your doctor.

Price of Indomethacin vs. Tivorbex

The generic Indomethacin is an inexpensive NSAID that provides prolonged pain relief. It only costs:

  • $0.06 per unit of 25 mg capsule
  • $36 for 60 caps of 25 mg capsule

The brand name Tivorbex costs:

  • $1.08 per unit of 25 mg capsule
  • $65 for 60 caps of 25 mg capsule