Side Effects of Indocin

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Posted by Thomas ( on August 15, 2001 at 23:55:23:

In Reply to: BC POWDER posted by EMMETT HULSEY on August 13, 2001 at 18:23:48:

What is the most important information I should know about indomethacin?
Take indomethacin with food, milk, or an antacid to lessen stomach upset.
Do not crush, break, or chew any sustained-release formulations of indomethacin (e.g., Indocin SR). Swallow them whole.
Remain upright (sitting or standing) for 15 to 30 minutes after each dose to prevent irritation of your esophagus (throat).
Watch for bloody, black, or tarry stools or blood in your vomit. These symptoms could indicate damage to your gastrointestinal tract.
If you drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day, indomethacin may increase the risk of stomach bleeding

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Basically, blood from the upper gastrointestinal tract will appear dark or "tarry" after it is digested and then passes through and is excreted in feces. (Have you ever eaten a blood sausage? That's what you would get!)

Blood from the lower GI tract would be undigested and thus may appear red or dark red. It's also know as BRB or Bright Red Blood.

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