Why is this medication prescribed?Return to top
Etodolac is used to relieve the pain, tenderness, inflammation (swelling), and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Short-acting etodolac (Lodine) also is used to relieve pain from other causes. Etodolac is in a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.
How should this medicine be used?Return to top
Etodolac comes as a tablet, a capsule, and an extended-release (long-acting) tablet to take by mouth. To treat arthritis, the tablet and capsule are usually taken two to three times a day and the extended-release tablet is usually taken once a day with food. To relieve pain from other causes, etodolac is usually taken with food every 6 to 8 hours as needed. To help you remember to take etodolac, take it around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take etodolac exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Keep the tablets in the original container until you are ready to use them.
Swallow the extended-release tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them.
If you are taking etodolac for arthritis, your doctor may start you on a low dose of etodolac and gradually increase your dose.
Other uses for this medicineReturn to top
Etodolac also is used sometimes to treat ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis, bursitis, painful shoulder, and gout. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What special precautions should I follow?Return to top
Before taking etodolac,
tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to etodolac, aspirin or other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or any other medications.
tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); aspirin; cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); digoxin (Lanoxin); lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid); and methotrexate (Rheumatrex). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
tell your doctor if you smoke or drink large amounts of alcohol and if you have or have ever had stomach problems such as ulcers; asthma; swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs (fluid retention); high blood pressure; heart failure; or kidney or liver disease.
tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking etodolac, call your doctor.
if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking etodolac.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?Return to top
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I do if I forget a dose?Return to top
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?Return to top
Etodolac may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
gas or bloating
painful or frequent urination
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
black and tarry stools
red blood in stools
vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds
swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
unexplained weight gain
difficulty breathing or swallowing
yellowing of the skin or eyes
ringing in the ears
Etodolac may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?Return to top
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdoseReturn to top
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
lack of energy
What other information should I know?Return to top
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body's response to etodolac.
Before having any laboratory test, tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are taking etodolac.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
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