This is an early summary of the gout pain medication, indomethacin. Which I have subsequently expanded to cover all aspects of indomethacin for gout. So please see the link at the end of this article to the full indomethacin section.

I am currently rewriting this article for that indomethacin section. Especially to elaborate on how indomethacin can form part of a gout pain medication package at different stages of Gout Progression.

Therefore, the sections of this article are:

  1. This introduction to Gout Pain Medication Indomethacin
  2. Brief plan for new Gout Pain Medication Indomethacin articles.
  3. The original Indomethacin and Gout Pain Relief summary.
  4. Your next steps for indomethacin in your gout pain medication package.

Except for the original summary, I've included links to related pages in your next steps section.

Acute Gout Pain Medication Indomethacin

Indomethacin can play an important role at stage 3 of Gout Progression: Gout Pain Relief. Because the primary function of indomethacin as a gout pain medication is to relieve pain by soothing inflammation. However, it's important to get professional advice to determine:

  • Do you need additional gout pain medicines to support indomethacin in a complete care package?
  • Is indomethacin your best choice as the anti-inflammatory component of your acute gout pain medication package?

Gout Pain Prevention Medication Indomethacin

After stage 3 of Gout Progression, your focus moves from pain relief to lowering uric acid. Because that is the way to permanently cure gout. But it is a process that usually takes several months. During which, you remain at risk of gout flares. So, rheumatologists recommend that you consider indomethacin as one of the NSAIDs suggested when starting and adjusting your uric acid cure.

Typically, you would be offered the choice of applying your acute gout pain medication at the first sign of a gout flare. Or your doctor might recommend a preventative dose of indomethacin and/or other pain prevention. You would then continue this regime until you reached the final stage of Gout Progression, the gout cure maintenance phase.

The original summary is next. Followed by a summary with links to more information in your next steps.

Indomethacin and Gout Pain Relief

Indomethacin (often sold under the Indocin brand name) is the most commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory drug for reducing painful gout swelling. It acts upon the hormones that cause swelling and pain.

It is available as regular capsules, sustained release capsules, liquid and suppositories. Recently, it has become available as indomethacin ointment.

You may need to take capsules or liquid with milk or food to reduce the chance of stomach upset.

Do not open sustained release (SR) capsules – they must be taken whole.

Over-the-counter medicines can contain similar anti-inflammatory drugs, e.g. Ibuprofen, aspirin.
Do not take any other medication alongside indomethacin without consulting your doctor.

Why Take Indomethacin For Gout?

Please see the Indomethacin Guidelines for full information about why indomethacin helps relieve gout pain.

Indomethacin Dosage For Gout

Here are some general notes. Please see the Indomethacin Guidelines for specific gout dosage information.

Never exceed the prescribed dosage.
Always wait the prescribed time before taking your next dose.
If you think you have overdosed, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.
Symptoms of overdose include any of the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Seizures
  • Stomach pain
  • Sweating
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Urine much reduced or stopped
  • Vomiting

Indomethacin Side Effects

Please see the Indomethacin Side Effects page. For gout treatment without side effects, see Gout Pain Relief. Also, you should be aware of general gout medication side effects.

Indomethacin Health Warnings

Indomethacin is a member of the NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) group of drugs. All these drugs can have severe, even fatal, effects on the stomach. It is appropriate for short term use, at the lowest dose possible, to treat pain from gout flares, but never for more than a few days.

Vision problems are associated with this drug.

Alternative Spellings

Like many medicines, indomethacin is often misspelled. Though spelling is often overrated, it pays to take extra care with medicines, as a misunderstanding might cause treatment problems in the unlikely event of a similar sounding drug being taken mistakenly.

In the list below, I have included brand names, where the active ingredient is indomethacin alone. When buying medicine, it is usually best to use the generic name rather than a brand name, unless additional active ingredients make the gout medicine more useful to you.


Indo replaced by Endo.


Indo replaced by Ido – missing n.


A common abbreviation, but not recommended, as abbreviations can often cause confusion.


thacin replaced by cine. This appears most frequently in Chinese articles.


meth replaced by menth.


A very common alternative (dropping the h), which is the main spelling in some countries. See the indometacin page for more details.


This is the correct spelling of the NSAID that is used to
relieve gout pain by reducing inflammation. Full details can be found in
the indomethacin pages in the Anti-Inflammatory Gout Cure part of the Gout Treatment Section.

Indomethacin Brands

Common brand names include: Arthrexin, Indocin; Indocid; Indomethacinum; Indomethazine; Imbrilon; Metindol; Tannex; and Novo-Methacin.


e added at the end – French spelling. Also occurs as indometacine.


cin replaced by cyn – possibly Indonesian or other language.


thacin replaced by thasin – s instead of c.


missing a near end.


a replaced by e.


a replaced by i. Also gets written as endomethicin.


a replaced by o.

If you are aware of other alternative spellings or common brand names, please share them on the gout forum.
Indomethacin for Gout Pain Relief

Indomethacin and Gout Pain

Indomethacin acts on bodies reaction to uric acid deposits
Indometacin works by controlling the body’s reaction to uric acid deposits in the joints. It reduces pain, but does nothing to help reduce those deposits. See the Reaction part of U-D-R-P for more information.

Your Gout Pain Medication Indomethacin

You have learned that indomethacin is one of your medication choices for both:

  1. Acute gout pain relief during Gout Progression Stage 3: Gout Pain Relief. Especially as the anti-inflammatory component of your CLEAR package to Stop Gout Pain.
  2. Gout flare prevention during Gout Progression Stages 5 and 6: Start Uric Acid Cure and Adjust Uric Acid Cure.

So you should discuss indomethacin as part of your gout pain medication package with your professional health advisers. Remember, to prepare for that discussion you can:

  • Make notes about your gout pain medication indomethacin on this page.
  • Search GoutPal for more information about gout pain medication, indomethacin.
  • Unless you are consulting a rheumatologist, be aware that consulting a pharmacist or hospital nursing staff can often be a good alternative to your family doctor. As long as they have appropriate training and experience with acute pain management.

Leave Gout Pain Medication Indomethacin for more information in the Indomethacin & Gout pages. Or read How to Avoid Gout Medication Side Effects.

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