Treating Shoulder Pain With Indomethacin and Treatment Tips

Acute Painful Shoulder

For most people with tendonitis or bursitis in the shoulder, the recommended indomethacin dosage is 25 mg three or four times daily. If symptoms continue, the healthcare provider may increase the dose to 50 mg three times a day. The maximum recommended dose is 150 mg per day. For an acute painful shoulder, the usual course of treatment is 7 to 14 days.

General Information on Dosing With Indomethacin

Some considerations for people taking indomethacin include the following:
  • You may take indomethacin capsules with a glass of water; taking the dosage with milk or food may prevent stomach upset.
  • It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease your chances of developing serious side effects.
  • Take indomethacin at the same time each day. This will help to maintain an even level of medicine in your blood.
  • For the medicine to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you take it in a way other than how your healthcare provider directs.
  • If you do not take your indomethacin as scheduled, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing. Do not take a double dose.
  • Taking indomethacin with other NSAIDs can increase the risk of serious bleeding (see Drug Interactions With Indomethacin). Generally, it is okay to take indomethacin with acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
  • If you are unsure about anything related to indomethacin or your indomethacin dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking indomethacin without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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