Indocin Suppositories or generic Indomethacin is a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID) that your doctor can prescribe for treating the symptoms of your rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis. All of these conditions can interfere with your ability to move about freely, perform simple tasks, bend or lift, and your sleep may be interrupted by the pain. NSAIDs are commonly recommended as a way to reduce the inflammation and swelling that will allow you to enjoy some relief, but there is no cure. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the same company that makes the brand product.
Indocin Suppositories may be a better way of delivering the medication for those that have trouble swallowing or may be nauseous and vomiting. Indocin Suppositories have a faster onset of action due to the absorption through your rectal mucosa and there is a reduction in gastrointestinal problems compared to taking oral NSAIDs.
Once the Indocin suppository is inserted as directed, it will begin to melt from body warmth and the active ingredient will act on the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes to reduce the production of prostaglandins and other inflammatory substances that cause inflammation. Now you may be able to carry on with daily chores and more enjoyable activities while your pain and inflammation are under control.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder whereby your immune system becomes overactive and starts to attack your own tissues, including the lining of your joints and the cartilage. When this attack occurs, your immune response is to send substances that cause inflammation as a way to contain the ‘threat’ and start the healing process.
Osteoarthritis is a result of everyday wear and tear and can affect your hands, wrists, feet, knees, back, and hips. After years of the cartilage surrounding the joints rubbing against other, it wears down to the point of bone on bone as you move. The pain can become continuous with inflammation and swelling making it difficult to move.
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) affects your spine and is not a result of any physical trauma but is a form of spinal arthritis that is caused by inflammation in your vertebrae. AS is a chronic condition and in the advanced stages can result in abnormal bone growth in your vertebrae.
Ask your doctor about the risk of Indocin Suppositories if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies with your doctor and list any OTC or Rx drugs you take or use currently, including herbal, dietary, or vitamin supplements to determine if Indocin Suppositories are safe for you.
Until you know how your body will react to Indocin Suppositories, do not attempt to drive, operate machinery, or attempt any activities that may be considered risky if you are unsteady. Keep Indocin Suppositories and other medications out of children’s reach and away from pets.