Dosing With Indomethacin
For the treatment of arthritis symptoms, indomethacin dosages generally start at 25 mg two to three times daily. For relieving symptoms of gout, the recommended dosage is usually 50 mg three times a day until the pain is tolerable. For people with acute shoulder pain, the recommended starting dose is often 25 mg three or four times daily.
The dose of indomethacin (Indocin®) that your healthcare provider prescribes will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition for which you are being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your indomethacin dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
For osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, the recommended starting dose is typically 25 mg two or three times a day. After several weeks, if you are still having symptoms, your healthcare provider may increase your dose; if side effects occur, your healthcare provider may decrease your indomethacin dosage. The maximum recommended daily dosage of indomethacin is 150 mg to 200 mg per day.
It may take several weeks for indomethacin to start working to its full potential.
For people with gout symptoms, the recommended dosage is typically 50 mg three times a day until the pain is tolerable. Then it's important to rapidly decrease the dose, moving toward completely stopping the medication. People taking indomethacin for gout may experience pain relief in two to four hours, with tenderness and heat usually improving in one to two days. Swelling gradually disappears in three to five days.