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User Reviews for Indomethacin

Also known as: Indocin, Tivorbex, Indocin SR, Indocin IV

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8.5
   
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Tendonitis
8.0
   
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Gout, Acute
8.0
   
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Cluster Headaches
7.9
   
9 reviews 36 medications
Ankylosing Spondylitis
7.8
   
11 reviews 139 medications
Back Pain
7.8
   
5 reviews 178 medications
Rheumatoid Arthritis
7.6
   
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Bursitis
7.2
   
4 reviews 76 medications
Sciatica
7.0
   
2 reviews 282 medications
Pain
6.7
   
16 reviews 1111 medications
Summary of Indomethacin reviews 7.9 164 reviews

Reviews for Indomethacin

Indocin (indomethacin) for Cluster Headaches: "I have cluster headaches and hemicrania continuum which is diagnosed by taking indomethacin. I also have fibromyalgia which means I have really bad reactions to every medication I take and I have to take this twice a day every day. I take the lowest dose possible (25mg twice daily) even though it doesn’t give me 100% relief it gives me about 95% and I know there’s bad side effects but as long as I eat a full meal before I take it I have not experienced anything other than my face having a little rash, but I don’t have any of the other problems. As soon as I quit taking it it just comes back so to me this is a lifesaver that is worth the slight rash!"

   
9.0

Kat (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 17, 2019

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For Gout, Acute: "I had gout in my left Ankle and foot. First two days I couldn't even stand on foot and was walking with crutches. After 2 days on indomethacin the pain was less, but able to walk without crutches. After 3 days, still get pain after 7 hours and need to take another pill. Each day a little better, but definitely take with food or your stomach gets torn up. I also experiences some headaches the first couple days, but they seem to have subsided."

   
5.0

Anonymous June 4, 2019

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For Gout, Acute: "I’m 59 and have had gout for about 10 years now. I’m having a flare up right now and this is probably the worst ever. I’ve been using natural remedies but it’s gone beyond those having any effect now. (Goutrin, ACV, cherry and turmeric). Had a course of prednisone 3 weeks ago and it worked amazing. Thought it was over and gone but the flare up is back. I would have liked another course of prednisone but the side effects are tremendously bad for the body. Using indomethacin now. Starting day 3. First 2 days saw no relief at all. Actually the pain got far worse. This morning (3rd day) I’m getting some relief. Pain mostly gone but inflammation still there. Hope to have continued improvement as this pain is absolutely insane. I guess I need to look at my diet and increase my water intake"

   
7.0

Link (taken for less than 1 month) March 13, 2019

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For Gout, Acute: "I get gout flareups in my big toe joints a few times each year. They key for me is to have indo on hand and take 50 mg with food right away at first sign of pain, then 25 mg 3 times per day after that. Indo knocks the swelling, redness, and pain right down after a couple days at most. However, if I don't have any readily available and have to wait for my Dr. to call in a script, then wait for the pharm to fill it, etc, it will take several additional days for the indo to knock it out. I get 270 pills when I refill so I always have some."

   
10

Harryp (taken for 10 years or more) February 23, 2019

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For Osteoarthritis: "I'm taking a total of 150mg/day for moderate-severe OA. This medication has been a blessing. It takes about 2 hours to reach its peak pain relief, and lasts about 7-9 hours. Prior to taking indomethacin, my quality of life was kind of in the gutter...the things I enjoy doing hurt too much to do. This is when I felt the potential risks of indomethacin (notably, rare-but-serious GI and cardiovascular risks) were justified by the potential benefits. With the amount of pain relief this provided me, I feel good about this decision as I can now live my life on my own terms, for the most part. I have experienced side effects - insomnia and occasional dizziness. The severity of both has decreased with time. Taking the medication with a moderately-sized meal reduces this. I also take this with a few ounces of purified aloe vera juice (there is some, although not conclusive, evidence to suggest that this may provide a protective effect against the tendency of NSAIDs to cause GI inflammation.)"

   
9.0

GetSwift February 12, 2019

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For Ankylosing Spondylitis: "This is the NSAID of choice for Ankylosing Spondylitis. The mechanism of action is suited to how AS affects our body. When I take Indomethacin, my pain and inflammation goes away 100%. This is the only drug you need for AS in my opinion. Most doctors suggest continuous use over on-demand use in order to stop the disease progressing but I believe this NSAID is particularly strong and should not be used for more than 10 days at a time to avoid any side-effects. In order to limit use, it is hypothesised that AS is caused by a bacteria called klebsiella pneumoniae, and this feeds off of undigested starch. Find this article on the internet "The Link between Ankylosing Spondylitis, Crohn's Disease, Klebsiella, and Starch Consumption"nTherefore, a starch free diet should provide relief if followed religiously. Some times I will have cheat days so always keep Indomethacin in the cupboard for those days. So to summarise, a great medication for AS, and the only one you will need to take occasionally if following a starch free diet."

   
10

ScottyBoy (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 10, 2019

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For Gout, Acute: "Wonderful, magic drug. Makes pain and swelling go away within hours. Big change from old drugs."

   
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Joel (taken for 10 years or more) January 9, 2019

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For Ankylosing Spondylitis: "I took Indomethacin for my AS for years. Nobody told me this drug was toxic to the kidneys. At my regular clinics, blood tests indicated declining kidney function. My doctors did what they could but my kidneys had been destroyed. I have since had a kidney transplant. This failed after 7 months so I am waiting for another transplant now. If you are taking this drug regularly I would suggest you have regular blood tests to check your kidney function."

   
2.0

Yardman (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 16, 2018

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For Gout, Acute: "I've had Gout for the past 8 years. Usually in my heel and various places around my foot. I can't recall getting the big toe which is odd. Over the years it has gotten worse and started to happen more frequently. I got it in my knee for the first time and that has been a wake up call as the pain is tremendous and unbearable (I have a high tolerance of pain and this made me scream on occasion). On to the indomethacin, started taking this to reduce the pain and swelling. First dose gave me a buzzed feeling and made me tired. After the few more doses (50mg, 8 hours) I started to get headaches and an overall sick feeling. Spinning, hot/cold flashes, continuous headache, insomnia, just horrible. While it did help with the pain, after three days I couldn't take this stuff anymore. It seems like it also has a hangover effect that lasted for another day. I don't know if I can ever take this again."

   
5.0

Gout stinks (taken for less than 1 month) October 30, 2018

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For Sciatica: "indomethacin helped with severe hamstring stiffness and severe pain including sciatica. I still have pain but it is bearable. Unlike when I tried naproxen and ibuprofen, they didn't help at all."

   
8.0

sassy (taken for less than 1 month) October 28, 2018

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For Gout, Acute: "I've had gout about twice a year for 40 years. Before I got indocin I was in so much pain I had to crawl to the bathroom. Two indocin at the beginning of an attack prevents the attack. The swelling goes down to zero and I can walk without pain a few hours later. If I let it go and try to fix it after my foot is swelled up and I can no longer walk it will take about two days to fix by taking indocin twice a day. It's a real miracle medicine. To me it's about 500 times better than ibuprofen but it does cause stomach problems so I take also take a prilosec with it and I'm good to go."

   
9.0

Lucius (taken for 10 years or more) August 14, 2018

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For Bursitis: "I use this drug mainly for back pain and sometimes arthritis, I think I have bursitis and I took this along with a Tramadol 50 and was amazed at how it made the pain almost disappear. Indomethacin is a very old drug, has been around for a long time and sometimes does hurt your stomach but I haven't had that problem and I wish more doctors would prescribe it, just b/c it's old doesn't mean it doesn't work...just like the rest of us lol."

   
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Baloney (taken for 10 years or more) August 12, 2018

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For Gout, Acute: "I am 64 yr old male at 145 pounds. I saw podiatrist (DPM) at 2:30pm on day 1. My pain was at a 7. I had my 1st 50mg capsule of indomethacin at 5pm. By 9pm my pain was at a 9. I took a pain pill because, I could not tolerate the pain any longer. My prescription was 3 - 50mg capsules a day. Day 2 my pain was down to a 3 and foot was still swollen. On day 3 my foot was better and I took my first capsule at 6:30am, by 9am I was nauseous and vomiting. I felt light headed and awful. I was nauseous for several hours and light headed most of the day with an awful headache. I finally started feeling better 12 hours later at 9pm. After 5th capsule I got sick as a dog. I stopped the medication, it was not worth it."

   
2.0

AL C (taken for less than 1 month) August 3, 2018

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For Ankylosing Spondylitis: "Better hope you're not taking this when AS associated colitis kicks in. You think you're dying. I haven't returned to this drug in years. I lost my job when it kicked in. Couldn't get off the toilet. Now my guts are full of blood. Beware."

   
6.0

James (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 29, 2018

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For Gout, Acute: "I would highly recommend you check what meds you are on and any drug interactions you may have. I almost flat lined - no lie. I was only 33 at the time and I have never took it again and no problems. I take cherry pills that help and do not drink soda. They say it's called the rich mans diet I believe it's the poor man's diet. Just eat healthy. "

   
1.0

Jake the snake (taken for less than 1 month) May 12, 2018

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For Gout, Acute: "I took it and after 3 hrs and a bad stomach ache (side effect) and then I began to feel relief. I slept thru the night and woke up with slight pain but I could walk. Just took 2nd pill this morning. This is working so far my pain went from a 10 to a 3 on scale of 1 to 10. Not kidding or making this up It's giving me excellent relief so far."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) April 3, 2018

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For Gout, Acute: "Wow, I can't believe how fast this medicine work. Two pills and pain gone. Awesome ask your Dr fir this medication. Male 42 years old"

   
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Emedina (taken for less than 1 month) March 4, 2018

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For Gout, Acute: "this stuff doesn't touch my gout, I need a drug that lowers uric acid"

   
1.0

G2017 February 3, 2018

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For Back Pain: "forty years ago I took a course of indocin for degenerative spinal arthritis. I have been trying to get someone to listen to what happened but no one seems interested. Okay. The arthritis disappeared and has not recurred. I am 81 now. Also, at the time, I had been having monthly recurring cold sores- had even developed scar tissue on lip. After the indocin, no cold sores for 40 years. It can't be a coincidence!"

Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more) January 13, 2018

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Tivorbex (indomethacin) for Pain: "I only took 2 the first day prescribed. I noticed my heart feeling weird during the day, had trouble falling asleep, and when I woke up the next morning, my face and neck were really red and irritated. I looked and felt like I had a bad sunburn. I did not take any after that."

Heel pain (taken for less than 1 month) December 31, 2017

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Indocin (indomethacin) for Pain: "Excrutiating pain in elbow Elbow (inflamation, pain, swelling, heat )with no injury. Pronounced swelling from hand to shoulder, elbow area extremely hot to touch. Diagnosis - tendonitis. Cortisone shot given, RICE advised, Indocin 50mg prescribed. Full course taken with no resolve. Had better results with ibuprofen 600mg but am still off work and in agony 20 days later."

   
2.0

SoMD (taken for less than 1 month) December 26, 2017

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For Gout, Acute: "This works so fast, it's such a relief. In the UK Dr's are so reluctant to supply because of stomach problems. But who wants to take colchicine and wait 4- 5 days for relief, when taken every couple of hours with a small amount of food, indometicin will give relief in 12 hours. Time on medication below is ridiculous"

callisto December 3, 2017

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For Cluster Headaches: "I have hemicrania headaches since 2005. Tried everything and indomethicin works, only problem now is chronic kidney disease. Trying to find alternative drug, extremely scared of further debilitating headaches. Taking 50mg 3x daily, cut down from 4x daily seems to work."

   
9.0

wp November 26, 2017

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For Gout, Acute: "Started reducing swelling after 1st dose During severe gout attack in foot. After 2 days of 6hr spaced doses pain is gone and foot swelling is not visible. I would recommend for quick gout relief"

   
9.0

D1978 October 27, 2017

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For Gout, Acute: "Have had several gout flare ups in the past but didn't know it. The pain was excruciating, as others have said couldn't even put a sheet over my right foot big toe. Hopping to the bathroom like a Kangaroo during the night. At times the pain was so bad I had to crawl to the bathroom. And at 3AM., it ain't funny. I determined that eating chicken livers/lots of protein and beer did me in. Went to my Doctor and he told me it was probably gout. He prescribed indomethacin 50 mg., three times a day with food in your stomach. Said he'd be on the Golf course and to let him know if I was still crawling to the bathroom. Well... it worked! The pain was significantly reduced in a matter hrs."

   
10

bigrin (taken for less than 1 month) October 17, 2017

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