Compare Indocin vs. prednisone

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Indocin (indomethacin)

Prescription only

Deltasone (prednisone)

Prescription only
Treats pain and swelling.

Indocin (indomethacin) works well for mild to moderate pain and swelling, but it shouldn't be used long-term since it has some serious side effects.

4.2/ 5 average rating with 26 reviewsforIndocin
Calms down your immune system.

Deltasone (prednisone) is effective for controlling allergic reactions and conditions involving an overactive immune system. It can quickly make you feel better, but Deltasone (prednisone) can cause serious complications and side effects if taken for a long time.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 540 reviewsforprednisone
Upsides
  • Effective option to relieve mild to moderate pain and swelling.
  • Treats inflammation problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and acute gout attacks.
  • In studies, Indocin (indomethacin) was more effective than Tylenol for treating osteoarthritis pain.
  • It works as well as Celebrex for treating an acute gout attacks.
  • Available in capsules, long-acting capsules, suppositories, and as a suspension. All forms, except the suspension, are available as generic medications.
  • Deltasone (prednisone) effectively treats a variety of conditions involving the immune system.
  • Can help improve energy and stimulate your appetite.
  • Works quickly to provide relief for swelling, rash, asthma attacks, and pain.
  • Good long-term treatment option for autoimmune disorders.
  • Deltasone (prednisone) is available in a generic form.
Downsides
  • Indocin (indomethacin) can cause serious heart and stomach problems. The risk goes up the longer you take it, but problems can happen at any time. Don't take Indocin (indomethacin) any longer than your doctor recommends.
  • Indocin (indomethacin) raises your risk of bleeding, especially when taken with other blood-thinning medicines.
  • There are similar medicines that you don't have to take as often and can work just as well.
  • Not a good choice if you have kidney, liver, or stomach problems.
  • Deltasone (prednisone) can cause unwanted side effects such as mood changes, trouble sleeping, and increase in blood pressure as well as blood sugar at higher doses.
  • Long-term use can cause problems to your skin, bones, eyes, and place you at a higher risk for infections.
  • If Deltasone (prednisone) is used for more than 2 weeks, you will need to work with a doctor to taper off the medicine by gradually decreasing the dose.
  • Deltasone (prednisone) can harm an unborn baby, so it's not a good option for pregnant women.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Suppository
  • Pill
  • Delayed release pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
26 reviews so far
73%
saidit'sworth it
77%
saiditworked well
23%
saidit'sa big hassle

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540 reviews so far
59%
saidit'sworth it
45%
saiditworked well
20%
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Side effects
15possible side effects
  • Nausea
    33%
  • Swelling after surgery
    22%
  • Headache
    14%
  • Dizziness
    14%
  • Bleeding after surgery
    11%
  • Vomiting
    10%
  • Constipation
    5%
  • Itchy skin
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Lightheadedness
    3%
  • Indigestion
    2%
  • Sleepiness
    2%
  • Excessive sweating
    2%
  • Lack of appetite
    2%
  • Fainting
    2%
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The Deltasone (prednisone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Heart attack or stroke
    • History of heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Smoking
  • Stomach bleeding
    • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
    • Age 65 or older
  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • Asthma
    • Allergy to aspirin or other NSAIDs
  • Worsening kidney or liver function
    • Current kidney problems
    • Current liver problems
  • Bleeding or bruising
    • Blood-thinning medicines
    • Low blood platelet count
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  • Physicial Dependence
    • Taking high doses of Deltasone (prednisone) for a long period of time
    • Young children
    • Stress such as trauma, injury, or infection
  • Increased risk for infections
    • Taking other medicines that weaken the immune system
    • Taking Deltasone (prednisone) for a long time
    • Those who are not vaccinated against viral illnesses
    • Coming into contact with people who have viral illness
    • History of bacterial or viral conditions
  • Eye problems
    • Those with cataracts and/or glaucoma
    • History of herpes simplex in the eye
  • Changes in heart and kidney function
    • Those who had a recent heart attack
    • History of heart failure, high blood pressure, and kidney problems
  • Effects on bone
    • Taking Deltasone (prednisone) at high doses and/or for a long period of time
    • Infants and young children
    • Age 60 or older
  • Stomach problems
    • History of stomach bleeding
    • History of stomach ulcers
    • History of Ulcerative Colitis
    • Taking Deltasone (prednisone) with other medicines that can also cause stomach problems
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