Acemetacin belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It has an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic effect and is used for the symptomatic treatment of inflammatory rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or spinal disorders. The active ingredient is also used to treat low back pain and pain triggered by surgery or injury.
The antirheumatic drug was developed in 1972 by the Cologne-based drug manufacturer Tropon and is commercially available as an imitation drug. Acemetacin is now only rarely used due to its relatively strong side effects.