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Tolmetin sodium is a prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain forms of arthritis. It was formerly sold under the brand name Tolectin. Tolmetin sodium is used to treat pain, stiffness, and swelling caused by psoriatic arthritis.

Tolmetin sodium is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain, and inflammation. Tolmetin sodium is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation in the body.

Tolmetin sodium should not be used by people who are allergic to aspirin or NSAIDs such as naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen. Tolmetin sodium may not be appropriate for pregnant women. Do not take tolmetin sodium while you are also taking aspirin or another NSAID drug. Tolmetin sodium should be used with caution by people with a history of diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, strokes, or heart, liver, or kidney problems.

How do I take it?
Tolmetin sodium is taken orally as a capsule or tablet. Take tolmetin sodium on an empty stomach at the same time each day. 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.

If tolmetin sodium causes an upset stomach, you can take it with an antacid to prevent discomfort.

Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking tolmetin sodium.

Side effects
Common side effects of tolmetin sodium include headache, diarrhea, rash, constipation, gas, weight changes, depression, and ringing in the ears.

Rare but serious side effects of tolmetin sodium may include an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers. 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, 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, a fast heartbeat, or a stiff neck while taking tolmetin sodium.

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Tolmetin — MedlinePlus

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