22.07 Indomethacin (Indocin)

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Generic Name

indomethacin

Trade Name

Indocin

Indication

Inflammatory disorders when patients do not respond to other medications

Action

Decreases pain and inflammation by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis

Therapeutic Class

antirheumatics, ductus arteriosus patency adjuncts (IV only), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents

Pharmacologic Class

none

Nursing Considerations

• monitor for hepatitis and GI bleeding
• monitor for dizziness, drowsiness, and headache
• assess for anaphylactic reaction
• aspirin may decrease effectiveness
• monitor renal labs
• shake suspension before administration
• patient should wear sunscreen and protective clothing to protect against photosensitivity

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