Also known as: Indocin, Indocin IV, Indocin SR, Tivorbex
The following information is NOT intended to endorse drugs or recommend therapy. While these reviews might be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care.
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: I obtained excellent results 90 minutes after my first dose. I had been experiencing acute joint pain in the foot and ankle area at fairly regular intervals for two or three years and my research lead to me to suspect gout. I called my Dr. during the most recent episode and shared my suspicions and I received marked relief in fairly short order. I have been somewhat hesitant to take anything other than my blood pressure meds since pre- and post-op bilateral THR in 2007 and 2009. I had been taking serious pain relievers for an extended period of time and did not and do not wish to resume the taking of heavy-duty pain medication but I am extremely thankful for the relief that has been afforded me. I am sixty.
indomethacin for Pain: I have severe tongue pain after a nerve was damaged after my wisdom teeth were removed. The medication worked well on the pain but the dizziness is too much. I can't function normally like this. Have to stop taking it and go back to severe pain.
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: Indomethacin is the only medicine that works for an acute gout flare up. Motrin and Naprosyn have never worked for me (since it first came out, docs are always trying to foist Naprosyn off on me. All it does is make me very irritated. either a side effect or the effect of no relief). I've also tried other NSAIDs with no relief. I'm prescribed 75mg three times a day for the first two days and then twice a day for two to three more and finally down to once a day for the remainder of the week to 10 days it takes to tame down the flare up.
14 users found this comment helpful.
Review by aero guy (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: I am surprised no one has complained about the terrible headache side effects. For the past six months, I have taken indomethacin on 5 different occasions when I feel a severe gout attack coming. I would start with 100mg 3x a day for the first two days, followed by 50mg 3x a day for 8 days after. It always worked and prevented a full-blown gout attack. However, I always got a headache while taking this medicine (supposedly a very common side effect). Most recently, however, I experienced a headache so severe that I had to leave work. I thought it was the intra-dose withdrawal headache that I normally got from this medication, so I took another pill hoping I would feel better, Immediately I vomited.
17 users found this comment helpful.
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: I have had gout for 30 years, done and tried everything, there is nothing to touch indomethacin. It works wonders. Also drink plenty of water and try coconut water, it cleans the kidneys out and uric acid.
21 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: I've dealt with joint pain from early teens into my forties from sports. But the pain in my ankle and big toe would almost bring tears to my eyes. I took 1 x 50 mg capsule and like the one person said 90 mins later ... Someone turned off the switch. And my knees even went from 8 to 3 on a pain scale 1-10. It's hard not to ramble on when you deal with a high level of pain for so many yrs, and you find something that works with such precision.
20 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Angle Grinder (taken for 1 to 6 months):
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: When Gouts strikes I take 50mg 3 times a day at 4 hour intervals. I try to only take this medication for 2 days because I find the side effects to be a hindrance to my job. The main side effects I get are confusion and the inability to concentrate on tasks which means I'm like a zombie when taking these meds.
24 users found this comment helpful.
Review by jp in philly (taken for less than 1 month):
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: I had my second gout attack in 3 years. It was just my ankle and my right leg and like the others here it was excruciating. I was this close to going to the emergency room. I toughed it out, I still don't know why, and went to the doctor the very next morning. She prescribed indomethacin and I only took 1 x 50 milligram pill. Within 90 minutes I could feel the pain easing. Within 2 hours I could walk easily. By that night I was so pain free I was even able to coach my son's baseball game. No side effects. No weird feelings. Best of all, I have 40 of these wonder pills left!
29 users found this comment helpful.
indomethacin for Pain: When I run out of sumatriptan, 50 mg of indomethacin, a caffeine tab, ice pack and a rest gives almost complete relief in a couple hours. Much less expensive than sumatriptan. $7 co-pay for 120 which treats 60 headaches vs $7 copay for 9 sumatriptan which treats 9 headaches. Sumatriptan is faster but doesn't give the added relief to my arthritis. Can't take indomethacin if you haven't eaten or can't eat.
Review by texaswife (taken for less than 1 month):
indomethacin for Bursitis: I was diagnosed with Bursitis 2 days ago. I have never heard of this medication until then. All I can say is I am so impressed by this medication. My pain has diminished greatly! I did get the lightheadedness and a little of an upset stomach but that is all. I definitely would recommend it to anyone. I was thrown off by the side effects at first but I'm very glad I gave this medicine a chance. Just remember to eat with it. It was very cheap too. I have Vicoden along with it.
indomethacin for Pain: I take 50 milligrams of indomethacin with a caffeine tab at first sign of migraine and call it quits until relief kicks in in about 1 1/2 hours. Slower than Imitrex but much cheaper and not limited by insurance. My headaches have signs of autonomic nervous system dysfunction, common to indomethacin sensitive headaches so my neuro suggested a trial dose taken daily along with Topamax for a preventative. When I took indomethacin daily I got mentally weird and even paranoid and anxious which was totally not me so I quit daily use and only take it with individual headaches.
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: Have had Gout and was prescribed with indomethacin. Feelings after taking it, makes you want to go to sleep. Don't fight that feeling. Hit the sack and relax and when you wake up, You'll feel like a million dollar!
22 users found this comment helpful.
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: I woke up at 4 am with such intense pain in my right big toe I couldn't bare to have the bed covers touch it. It was the weekend, so I went to the ER and was diagnosed with gout and prescribed Indocin. Took it when I got home and about an hour later I had this odd feeling wash over me and the pain was instantaneously reduced. It was the strangest sensation I've ever experienced. It was like a switch was flipped and the pain was gone, it was that distinct. Really thankful it worked so well.
35 users found this comment helpful.
indomethacin for Cluster Headaches: I've been taking indomethacin at the onset of headache along with twice a day doses of Topamax. The combination works well to control my cluster headaches and I only have them about every other month now.
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: Gout is a very painful and debillitating condition and my doctor said it should be treated with high initial dose as soon as possible. So I take two or three 50mg capsules followed by two more in five hours then one or two in an additional five hours and -- the gout is out! As a bonus all other minor aches and pains go away as well. Wonderful ....no kidding!
29 users found this comment helpful.
indomethacin for Gout, Acute: I experienced my second bout of gout, in my right foot. I Was eating a lot of foods with a lot of protein, so be cautious everyone don't eat foods with a lot of protein. Like chicken, beans, lot's of meats. So when my right foot flared up, I went to see my doc. She told me it was from eating to much protein in my diet, so she prescribed me indomethacin 50mg three times daily. Within two days, my foot started feeling better. Within two weeks the gout cleared up. I would recommend this medication, to anyone with gout, or severe gout. Best of luck, I hope this helps someone.
25 users found this comment helpful.
indomethacin for Ankylosing Spondylitis: Worked 100% for a few months. Slowly felt the hip/back pain coming back. Thought I could just increase the amount of exercise. Just walked 11 hours non-stop at a relay for life event yesterday.
Drugs.com provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Data sources include Micromedex™ (updated Mar 13th, 2014), Cerner Multum™ (updated Apr 15th, 2014), Wolters Kluwer™ (updated Apr 3rd, 2014) and others. To view content sources and attributions, refer to our editorial policy.