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Indomethacin Sodium Solution for injection

It is used to close a heart defect called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in a baby who was born earl... more

Generic Name: indomethacin

Brand Names: Indocin, Indomethacin SR, Indocin SR

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    Cardiovascular Risk
  • Possible increased risk of serious (sometimes fatal) cardiovascular thrombotic events (e.g., MI, stroke). Risk may increase with duration of use. Individuals with cardiovascular disease or risk factors for cardiovascular disease may be at increased risk. (See Cardiovascular Effects under Cautions.)
  • Contraindicated for the treatment of pain in the setting of CABG surgery.

    GI Risk
  • Increased risk of serious (sometimes fatal) GI events (e.g., bleeding, ulceration, perforation of the stomach or intestine). Serious GI events can occur at any time and may not be preceded by warning signs and symptoms. Geriatric individuals are at greater risk for serious GI events. (See GI Effects under Cautions.)

What is this medicine?

INDOMETHACIN (in doe METH a sin) injection is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to close a heart defect called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in a baby who was born early.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bleeding problems
  • heart problems
  • infection
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • stomach problems
  • an unusual reaction to indomethacin, aspirin, other NSAIDs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care provider in a hospital. It is usually given as three doses given at 12 to 24 hour intervals.

This drug is specifically for use in newborns.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
  • certain antibiotics
  • digoxin
  • diuretics
  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your baby's condition will be watched closely while this treatment is given. Your baby will also receive regular blood tests and exams. Talk with your doctor or health care professional if you have any concerns.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • change in amount or color of urine
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • trouble breathing
  • unusual bleeding, bruising
  • yellowing of eyes, skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • feeding problems
  • skin irritation where injected

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is only given in a hospital and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: May 05, 2009
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