NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUG (NSAID)
Tolectin is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1976 to treat certain forms of arthritis. It is also known by its drug name, Tolmetin sodium. Tolectin is used to treat pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by psoriatic arthritis.
Tolectin should not be used by people who are allergic to aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aleve or Ibuprofen. Tolectin may not be appropriate for pregnant women. Do not take Tolectin while you are also taking aspirin or another NSAID drug. Tolectin should be used with caution in smokers, diabetics, and people with a history of heart, liver, or kidney problems, high blood pressure, or strokes.
Tolectin is an NSAID. NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain and inflammation. Tolectin is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation in the body.
How do I take it?
Tolectin is taken orally as a capsule or tablet three or four times a day. Take Tolectin on an empty stomach at the same times each day. Your doctor will prescribe a dosage based on your needs. When taking NSAIDs, it is important to use the lowest dose that is effective and to take it for the shortest amount of time to avoid side effects.
If Tolectin causes upset stomach, you can take it with an antacid to prevent discomfort.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Tolectin.
In an article published in 2005, researchers reviewed scientific literature on the use of NSAIDs and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. The researchers concluded that NSAIDs are more effective than a placebo for treating joint pain, swelling, and tenderness associated with psoriatic arthritis.
Rare but serious side effects of Tolectin may include an increase in the 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.
Common side effects of Tolectin include headache, diarrhea, skin rash, constipation, gas, weight changes, depression, and ringing in the ears.
Contact your doctor if you experience severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, vision changes, black stools that appear bloody or tarry, a change in the amount of urine you produce, yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice), weight gain, skin problems such as rash or hives, mouth ulcers, swelling, and fast heartbeat (tachycardia), or a stiff neck while taking Tolectin.
Seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, rash, or itching or swelling of the face, tongue, and throat.
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