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    What is Etodolac used for?

    Etodolac is used to treat symptoms associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, including mild-to-moderate pain, inflammation and joint stiffness. Etodolac belongs to the group of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

    By decreasing the levels of body chemicals (prostaglandins) that cause pain and inflammation, Etodolac reduces swelling, tenderness and joint pain, and thus helps improve movement.

    Etodolac may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Etodolac?

    The dosage of Etodolac prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Take Etodolac with a full glass of water, preferably with food, to prevent stomach upset.

    What if you miss a dose of Etodolac?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Etodolac medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

    What if you overdose on Etodolac?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Etodolac, seek medical attention immediately.

    Overdose symptoms of Etodolac may include drowsiness, severe stomach pain, trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, or fainting.

    What other drug(s) could interact with Etodolac?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Etodolac. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are taking any of the above-mentioned medicines.

    Etodolac can interact with the following types of medicines: other NSAIDs, ACE inhibitors, corticosteroids, blood thinners, high blood pressure medications, steroids and diuretics (water pills).

    Usually drug interactions may occur when certain drugs are taken together. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any prescription medications, over-the-counter products (non-prescription medications) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbals, which may increase the effect of Etodolac. This information can help your doctor to warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Etodolac?

    Like other medicines, Etodolac can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Etodolac are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Etodolac cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Etodolac develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Etodolac can cause side effects such as dizziness, blurred vision, headache, heartburn, sore throat, ringing in your ears, fatigue, upset stomach, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, or constipation. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Etodolac.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Etodolac?

    Is it possible for me to take Etodolac with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Etodolac?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Etodolac?
    How will Etodolac work in my body?
    How should Etodolac be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Etodolac drug interactions and side effects?

    What other important information should you know about Etodolac?

    Before taking Etodolac, make sure to tell your doctor if you

    • have asthma
    • have bleeding/blood clotting problems
    • have heart disease
    • have high blood pressure
    • have liver or kidney problems
    • have nasal polyps (growths in the nose)
    • suffer from fluid retention
    • are allergic to Etodolac, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines.
    • are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

    - Etodolac may cause dizziness/drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do any activities that require alertness until you are certain you can perform such tasks safely.
    - Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
    - Etodolac may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when you cannot avoid exposure to the sun.
    - Limit alcohol and stop smoking while on treatment with Etodolac.


    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Etodolac is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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