Dialyzability and pharmacokinetics of indomethacin in adult patients with end-stage renal disease

Drug Intell Clin Pharm. 1986 Dec;20(12):956-60. doi: 10.1177/106002808602001208.


Indomethacin, a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug, has been shown to be effective for the treatment of pericarditis in chronic hemodialysis patients. Data regarding the dialyzability of indomethacin in these patients, however, is lacking. The aim of this study, therefore, was to evaluate (1) the dialyzability, and (2) the absorption and elimination kinetics of indomethacin, using six stable anephric adult patients who were maintained on chronic hemodialysis and were receiving indomethacin for the management of their uremic pericarditis. The results from this study demonstrate that indomethacin is dialyzable, but not to an appreciable extent. The mean predialysis and postdialysis indomethacin plasma levels were 3.4 and 1.6 micrograms/ml, respectively. The mean total amount of indomethacin removed by five hours of hemodialysis was 19.6 percent of the single dose of indomethacin 100 mg po. However, mean Cpmax, tmax, t1/2, and AUC0-infinity during and in the absence of hemodialysis were 5.4 and 5.4 micrograms/ml (not statistically significant [NS]), 1.9 and 2.0 h (NS), 6.1 and 5.3 h (NS), and 30.9 and 35.7 micrograms h ml-1 (NS), respectively. Based on these findings, it can be concluded that although indomethacin is dialyzable, no dosage adjustment is required in patients receiving indomethacin for the management of their uremic pericarditis when undergoing maintenance hemodialysis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indomethacin / blood
  • Indomethacin / metabolism*
  • Indomethacin / therapeutic use
  • Intestinal Absorption
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / blood
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / metabolism*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy
  • Kinetics
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pericarditis / drug therapy
  • Renal Dialysis*


  • Indomethacin