Indocin is a medication that’s designed to relieve difference types of pain such as swelling and joint stiffness brought on by arthritis. It also treats gout, bursitis and tendonitis. Various other conditions can be treated as well with Indocin. This medication falls into a category of treatments known as non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They work by blocking the body’s ability to produce specific chemicals that bring on inflammation. This assists in lowering swelling and pain.
Indocin has other uses as well such as being able to relieve pain caused by inflammation of the pouch that surrounds the heart as well as additional conditions.
What are some of the potential side effects?
Dizziness may occur
What are some of the more serious potential side effects?
Swelling of the hands or feet (edema)
Sudden or unexplained weight gain
Hearing changes (such as ringing in the ears)
Serious allergic reactions
There are instances where this drug can cause potentially fatal liver disease. Be sure to get medical assistance right away if you experience any of the following symptoms related to liver damage such as follows:
Persistent nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite
Severe stomach/abdominal pain
Yellowing eyes or skin
What can a person do in order to decrease their risk with a drug such as Indocin?
As you know there are some minor risks and some not so minor risks that come with using this medication. The goal is for you to do what you can in order to keep any risks to a minimum. Indocin should be used according to your doctors instructions, but there’s also things you can do in order to help make the doctors job a lot easier.
The first thing you want to do is tell your doctor your entire medical history. The reason for this is because they need to know if prescribing you this medication can cause problems with other conditions you might have. Other options might be better for you to use in some cases. You’ll want to be sure you tell them about problems such as cardiovascular disease and stomach ulcers. Your doctor will have a much easier time doing a risk and benefit calculation for prescribing you Indocin this way.
Another way you can help yourself is to ask your doctor about what you can do in order to decrease the chances of stomach irritation. One obvious way to do this would be by taking the drug with a meal, but this won’t always help with everyone.
The risks that come with taking Indocin are reasonably low overall. The more serious side effects only happen in the lowest pecentage of instances. Plus, depending on how severe your condition is you might find that minor side effects are a reasonably trade-off for the relief you get from using this drug.
On final thing you need to make sure you keep in mind before using this treatment is to stay away from mixing it with over the counter NSAIDs. This doesn’t give you an increased benefit and will only open you up to an increased chance of serious side effects.