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Brand Names:Lodine; Lodine XL
Medication prescribed: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: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 medicine: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.
Special precautions: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.
Special dietary instructions:Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
If I forget a dose: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:Etodolac may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: stomach pain diarrhea gas or bloating upset stomach weakness dizziness depression chills nervousness constipation vomiting 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 bloody vomit vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds blurred vision swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs unexplained weight gain skin rash itching hives difficulty breathing or swallowing yellowing of the skin or eyes pale skin 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: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 overdose:In case of overdose, call your local poison control center. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911. Symptoms of overdose may include: lack of energy drowsiness upset stomach vomiting stomach pain coma
Other information: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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