Indomethacin / Indocin


- Adult:
    - NSAIA w/ analgesic and antipyretic action:
    - moderate to Severe OA, RA, AS:
    - 25mg PO bid/tid, incr dose at weekly intervals to max of 150-200 mg/day;
    - if SR capsule is used, initial dose is 75mg qd;
    - extended release caps: 75 mg PO qam or qpm, may increase to 75 mg PO bid, w/ max of 200 mg PO/day;
    - shoulder bursitis/tendinitis: 25-50mg PO tid (usual duration of therapy is 7-14 days);
    - acute Gouty Arthritis: 50mg PO tid initially, then taper off gradually;
    - supplied: caps: 25, 50 mg; caps extended release: 75 mg;
    - often causes GI upset and in some cases PUD
    - administer capsule immediately after meals or with antacids and consider prophylactic use of anti-ulcer agents;

- Peds:
    - not recommended for children less than 14yrs except for neonates with patent ductus arteriosus;

- Precautions:
    - contraindicated w/ Syndrome of nasal polyps, angioedema, or bronchospastic reaction to asprin and other NSAIA;
    - contraindicated with active GI bleeding or h/o recurrent GI lesions;
    - contraindicated w/ use of Lithium (may result in lithium toxicity);
    - use with caution in patients with renal or hepatic insufficiency, bleeding disorders (inhibition of platlet aggregation), parkinsonism, depression, epilepsy, psychiatric disturbances (worsening of symptoms)



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Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 1:57 pm