As in the case of many other drugs, Indomethacin side effects can also be very dangerous. Indomethacin is mostly used in treating symptoms of mild to moderate pain or inflammation, and it’s a very useful medicine for those suffering from: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout, but, it can also be prescribed for other diseases that are not listed here. NSAIDs are normally prescribed for their benefic effects on some diseases, but we shouldn’t ignore the fact that negative reactions may occur following their administration. So, what should we do in order to prevent any Indomethacin side effects? There are a few advices that we need to take into account when receiving a treatment with this drug, but let’s identify first the most common side effects of Indomethacin.
Common Indomethacin side effects
The most frequent Indomethacin side effects are: headaches, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, dizziness. Most of these negative effects listed above, don’t happen very often, and usually they are not long term, but we need to give them a special attention, because some of them may became very dangerous if we don’t seek medical attention in time. We need urgently to receive medical attention if any of these Indomethacin side effects happen: a burning sensation in our throat, chest or stomach, blurred vision, a change in color or odor of urine, bleeding or other sores with crusting on the lips, cuts or scratches that bleed longer than normal, confusion, mental depression or other changes of mood, a decrease in hearing, hallucinations, a frequent need to urinate, strong headaches, swelling of the face or feet, itching of the skin or other skin reactions like blisters or redness.
Before starting a treatment with Indomethacin, is very important to read very carefully the leaflet of this medicine. Learning more information about this drug, is very important in order to help us prevent any unwanted Indomethacin side effects. Then, we should tell our doctor about other important aspects of our health that can affect or interact with this drug, like: current medical conditions, or other significant diseases from our medical history, current allergies or other medications that we’re using if there are any. Those patients with current or past heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, kidney disease or those who had a recent surgery, it’s recommended to talk first with their doctor, and see if treatment with Indomethacin may affect their current medical condition, and if any special monitoring is needed. People who have suffered a heart attack or stroke in the past, taking this drug may increase the risks of having Indomethacin side effects like: high blood pressure, it can also cause an accumulation of water in the tissues of feet or legs, or it can increase the risk of having a new heart attack or stroke. For older people, the possibility of experiencing any side effects of Indomethacin are higher, that’s why for them is recommended to take the lowest dose possible and under a close medical supervision. Very important as well is, that this drug shouldn’t be used by pregnant women in the last 3 months of pregnancy.
Another important recommendation in order to prevent any Indomethacin side effects is to take the right dosage of this medicine, exactly how it was prescribed by our doctor. However, keep in mind that unexpected things can always happen, and no matter what we do, we can still have Indomethacin side effects, and in this case we need to contact our doctor right away.