Is Indocin a Narcotic?
Indocin is the brand name of the drug indomethacin. It is not a narcotic but a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. Indocin is commonly prescribed to treat varies forms of arthritis, gout and other illnesses characterized by inflammation and pain.
A narcotic is an opium-based drug or one with a makeup similar to morphine. They are used to treat pain. NSAIDs are used to treat inflammation and pain, primarily in cases of arthritis. Indocin falls under the definition of NSAID.
Indocin comes in liquid, capsule and suppository form.
Like other NSAIDs, Indocin works by inhibiting the cyclooxygenase enzyme that activates the prostaglandin hormone. This hormone is responsible for changes in the body and is key in creating fever, inflammation and pain.
Benefits Over Narcotics
NSAIDs aren’t as addictive as narcotics. They are also not as regulated as narcotics, making them easier to obtain.
Like all NSAIDs, prolonged use of Indocin will cause damage to the stomach. It can also cause swelling and pain in the liver as well as rashes and blistering.