Indocin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is commonly used to treat shoulder pain and symptoms of conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and gout. The medicine is thought to work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones, which help reduce pain, inflammation, and joint swelling. Indocin comes in three forms (capsules, oral suspension, and suppositories). Common side effects include headache, nausea, dizziness, and heartburn.
What Is Indocin?
Indocin® (indomethacin) is a prescription medicine used to treat pain, inflammation, fever, swelling, and stiffness. It is part of a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs for short.
Who Makes Indocin?
It is manufactured by Merck & Co.
What Is It Used For?
Indocin has been licensed for the relief of:
- Osteoarthritis symptoms
- Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
- Symptoms with ankylosing spondylitis
- Gout symptoms
- Painful shoulder, including pain caused by tendonitis or bursitis.
Indocin is not a cure for arthritis, nor does it slow the progression of arthritis.
(Click What Is Indocin Used For? for more information on these uses, along with details concerning possible off-label uses for Indocin.)
How Does It Work?
Indocin and other NSAIDs are thought to work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. These hormones are called prostaglandins.
It is believed that blocking the effects of prostaglandins is what makes Indocin useful for reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and painful conditions.