Indocin Suppository Dosage
Generic name: INDOMETHACIN 50mg
Dosage form: rectal suppository
Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 23, 2022.
General Dosing Instructions
Carefully consider the potential benefits and risks of INDOCIN and other treatment options before deciding to use INDOCIN. Use the lowest effective dosage for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals [ see Warnings and Precautions ( 5) ].
After observing the response to initial therapy with indomethacin, the dose and frequency should be adjusted to suit an individual patient’s needs.
Adverse reactions generally appear to correlate with the dose of indomethacin. Therefore, every effort should be made to determine the lowest effective dosage for the individual patient.
SUPPOSITORIES: INDOCIN Suppositories are available as 50 mg suppositories for rectal use only. INDOCIN Suppositories are not for oral or intravaginal use.
Suppository Dosing Instructions
THIS SECTION PREDOMINANTLY MAKES REFERENCE TO INDOMETHACIN CAPSULE, USP ORAL DOSAGE FOR GUIDANCE IN USING SUPPOSITORIES.
INDOCIN suppositories 50 mg can be substituted for indomethacin capsules, USP; however, there will be significant differences between the two dosage regimens in indomethacin blood levels [see Clinical Pharmacology ( 12.3)].
Oral dosage recommendations for active stages of the following:
Moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis including acute flares of chronic disease; moderate to severe ankylosing spondylitis; and moderate to severe osteoarthritis
Indomethacin capsules, USP 25 mg twice a day. or three times a day. If this is well tolerated, increase the daily dosage by 25 mg or by 50 mg, if required by continuing symptoms, at weekly intervals until a satisfactory response is obtained or until a total daily dose of 150-200 mg is reached. Doses above this amount generally do not increase the effectiveness of the drug.
In patients who have persistent night pain and/or morning stiffness, the giving of a large portion, up to a maximum of 100 mg, of the total daily dose at bedtime, either orally or by rectal suppositories, may be helpful in affording relief. The total daily dose should not exceed 200 mg. In acute flares of chronic rheumatoid arthritis, it may be necessary to increase the dosage by 25 mg or, if required, by 50 mg daily.
If minor adverse effects develop as the dosage is increased, reduce the dosage rapidly to a tolerated dose and observe the patient closely.
If severe adverse reactions occur, stop the drug. After the acute phase of the disease is under control, an attempt to reduce the daily dose should be made repeatedly until the patient is receiving the smallest effective dose or the drug is discontinued.
Careful instructions to, and observations of, the individual patient are essential to the prevention of serious, irreversible, including fatal, adverse reactions.
As advancing years appear to increase the possibility of adverse reactions, INDOCIN should be used with greater care in the elderly. [see Use in Specific Populations ( 8.5) ]
Acute painful shoulder (bursitis and/or tendinitis)
Indomethacin capsules, USP 75-150 mg daily in 3 or 4 divided doses.
The drug should be discontinued after the signs and symptoms of inflammation have been controlled for several days. The usual course of therapy is 7-14 days.
Acute Gouty Arthritis
Indomethacin capsules, USP 50 mg three times a day. Until pain is tolerable. The dose should then be rapidly reduced to complete cessation of the drug. Definite relief of pain has been reported within 2 to 4 hours. Tenderness and heat usually subside in 24 to 36 hours and swelling gradually disappears in 3 to 5 days.
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