Indocin I.V.

Generic Name: Indomethacin

  • What is Indocin I.V.?

    Indocin I.V. is a medicine used to treat a heart defect in premature babies known as patent ductus arteriosus. Indocin I.V. is administered intravenously (through a vein in the arm).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Indocin I.V.?

    Indocin I.V. can cause minor stomach bleeding.

    Indocin I.V. can affect your child's kidneys and reduce his/her urine output. These effects usually disappear when Indocin I.V. therapy is discontinued. The doctor will regularly monitor your child's kidney function and electrolytes (chemicals that are important for the cells in your body to function, such as sodium and potassium).

    Indocin I.V. can hide the signs and symptoms of an infection, cause severe liver problems, and increase your child's bleeding risk. The doctor will regularly monitor your child for any signs of infection or bleeding, blood counts, and liver function.

  • Who should not take Indocin I.V.?

    The doctor will not administer Indocin I.V. to your child if your child is allergic to it or any of its ingredients; has a proven or suspected infection that is untreated; has clotting problems, low platelet (type of blood cells that form clots to help stop bleeding) counts, or brain, stomach, or intestinal bleeding; or if he/she has necrotizing enterocolitis (inflammation and tissue death of your small intestine or colon), severe kidney impairment, or certain congenital heart conditions.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Indocin I.V.?

    Tell the doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications your child is taking before he/she will begin treatment with Indocin I.V. Talk to the doctor about your child's complete medical history, especially if he/she has bleeding problems; heart disease; infections; or kidney, liver, or stomach problems.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Children: The doctor will prescribe and administer the appropriate dose to your child based on their age.

  • How should I take Indocin I.V.?

    The doctor will administer Indocin I.V. to your child.

    Indocin I.V. will be administered to your child as 3 intravenous doses, given 12-24 hours apart.

  • What should I avoid while taking Indocin I.V.?

    Do not miss your child's scheduled follow-up appointments with the doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Indocin I.V.?

    If Indocin I.V. is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell the doctor if your child is taking any of the following prior to treatment with Indocin I.V.: amikacin, blood thinners (such as aspirin or warfarin), digoxin, diuretics (water pills) (such as furosemide), or gentamicin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Indocin I.V.?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, bleeding or bruising, changes in the color or amount of urine, changes in the electrolyte levels, feeding problems, kidney problems, redness or peeling of the skin, skin irritation at the injection site, trouble breathing, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes

  • Can I receive Indocin I.V. if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Indocin I.V. is given to premature infants.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Indocin I.V.?

    Do not miss your child's follow-up appointments with the doctor.

  • How should I store Indocin I.V.?

    The doctor will store this medication for your child.