NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUG (NSAID)
Etodolac is a prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat several forms of arthritis. It was formerly sold under the brand name Lodine. Etodolac is used to treat pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by psoriatic arthritis.
Etodolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain, and inflammation. Etodolac is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation in the body.
Etodolac should not be used by people who are allergic to NSAIDs such as naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen. Do not take etodolac while you are also taking aspirin or another NSAID. Etodolac should be used with caution by people with a history of smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, or heart, liver, or kidney problems.
How do I take it?
Etodolac is taken orally. Your doctor will prescribe a dosage based on your needs. When taking NSAIDs, it’s important to use the lowest dose that is effective and to take it for the shortest amount of time to avoid side effects.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking etodolac.
Common side effects of etodolac include headache, diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, constipation, gas, dizziness, blurry vision, runny nose, sore throat, and ringing in the ears.
Rare but serious side effects of etodolac may include an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and gastrointestinal bleeding. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience pain in your chest or left arm, shortness of breath, numbness in your hands or feet, or sudden weakness on one side of your body. Contact your doctor if you experience severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, or black stools that appear bloody or tarry.
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Etodolac — MedlinePlus
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