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Indomethacin is used to treat arthritis, gout and other conditions that affect your bones and joints. It’s a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) that effectively relieves moderate-to-severe pain, swelling, tenderness and stiffness. The brand version of this medicine is called Indocin.
Please note: At this time, this medication is only prescribed as a refill at Dr. B.
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A medical provider will review your information and prescribe treatment, if appropriate.
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How does it work?
Indomethacin blocks the production of substances that cause swelling, pain and fever. It’s a type of medicine known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID).
What does it treat?
This medicine is used to treat pain, swelling, tenderness and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and shoulder pain caused by tendonitis or bursitis.
What forms does it come in?
This medicine comes as a capsule, an extended-release capsule and a liquid suspension. Follow your health provider’s instructions about how to take this medicine correctly.
Please note that Indomethacin liquid suspension is not listed among the available options on the Dr. B platform at this time.
Indomethacin vs. Indocin
Indomethacin and Indocin are the same medicine – Indocin is just a brand name version of this drug. They both help to reduce pain and inflammation caused by conditions like gout and arthritis.
The brand drug Indocin is not currently available on the Dr. B platform.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a gout prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Indomethacin 50 mg (15 capsules) start at $6.19.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Indomethacin 50 mg (15 capsules)*
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Indomethacin prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of taking Indomethacin?
- Relieves pain
- Reduces swelling
- Treats joint stiffness
- Improves range of motion
- Treats gout
- Treats bursitis
- Treats tendinitis
- Relieves arthritis discomfort
Who should not take this medication?
- People who are allergic to Indomethacin, aspirin or other NSAIDs
- People with a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding
- People with liver or kidney problems
- People with nervous system conditions, like epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease
- People with heart problems or who will undergo a cardiac artery bypass graft (CABG)
- People who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding
- People who take certain medications, including aspirin
This medication can cause problems if you take certain other medications or if you drink alcohol. Make sure your healthcare provider knows your full medical history and any medications you’re using. Also let your medical provider know if you’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant. This medicine can cause fertility problems in women and may cause harm to a fetus if taken during pregnancy.
How do you take this medication?
This medicine should be taken with food, immediately after a meal or with antacids, including milk to prevent stomach upset. Follow your licensed medical provider's instructions on the dosage and timing, and don't crush or chew extended-release capsules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Skip the dose if it’s almost time for your next dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
What happens if I take too much?
Taking too much Indomethacin can lead to serious side effects like stomach bleeding or kidney problems. Always follow your medical provider’s instructions about how to use this medicine, and never take more than prescribed.
If you’ve taken too much of your gout medicine, call your licensed provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) immediately.
Can I get Indomethacin online?
You can get an online prescription for Indomethacin and other gout medications with Dr. B. Just fill out a short health questionnaire to get started.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Sudip Bose
Sudip Bose, MD is a world-leading emergency medicine physician, combat veteran, professor, and entrepreneur. With a wide variety of experience, Dr. Bose is focused on endeavors with large-scale health and educational impact. He founded The Battle Continues, a nonprofit assisting veterans with healthcare needs. Dr. Bose is also a clinical professor at Texas Tech and University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the honors program at Northwestern University, where he continued his medical school education at The Feinberg School of Medicine.
This gout treatment may cause mild side effects, like:
- Upset stomach
It’s also possible to have more severe side effects. These might include stomach ulcers, chest pain or tightness (signs of a heart attack), sudden trouble walking or talking (signs of a stroke), severe stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes or bright red blood mixed with vomit or stool. If any of these occur, let your health provider know right away, or seek emergency medical attention.