Etodolac is a prescription medicine that is administered for the treatment of short-term and long-term pain relief resulting from arthritis. This pill belongs to a class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is available in the form of tablets, capsules and extended release tablets.
Etodolac is used to treat pain that could be due to various medical conditions especially osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis irrespective of the pain being mild to severe. The pill also lessens pain, swelling and joint stiffness that is resulted from arthritis.
Etodolac works by blocking certain natural chemical substances in the body that causes the inflammation. Some physicians prescribe this drug to be used to treat gout attacks.
Dosage and Administration
Etodolac is available in the dosage strengths of 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg, 500mg and 600 mg. The dosage however depends upon the patient’s age, illness and also their response to the medication. You should not increase or decrease the dosage strength of the pill without consulting the doctor.
The medication can be taken by mouth with a glass full of water usually two to three times a day. One should not lie down at least for ten minutes while taking Etodolac. In case of stomach upset, this pill can be taken along with milk, food or antacid.
The tablet should not be crushed, broken or chewed. It should be swallowed as a whole. This medicine is better to be taken with lowest dosage strength and for a short time period. Follow the physician’s guidelines appropriately and do not suddenly stop taking Etodolac without prior intimidation to your doctor.
The medication works best if it is taken as soon as the first signs of pain occur. Taking the medication when the pain gets worsened might not work as well. The medicine might take about two weeks for the symptoms to improve.
Important safety information
Using this medicine can result in risk of stroke or heart attack that can even be fatal. People who are taking this med for extended period have to be very careful.
Do not use Etodolac before or while undergoing a surgery for coronary bypass. The drug has the chances of causing bleeding from stomach or from the intestine. This condition is more common in elderly people and the condition can bring intense pain and is also fatal.
If you have noticed symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding, then consult a doctor without waiting. The symptoms comprise of black or bloody stools or bloody cough. You should not use any over the counter medicine for allergies or cold unless you have consulted your doctor for the same.
When you take medicines like aspirin or ibuprofen along with Etodolac, you may end up having dangerous interactions or overdose.
When you are on a medical course with Etodolac, do not drink alcohol as doing so can make your stomach and intestinal bleeding worse.
Etodolac has the potential to make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and UV light. Avoid direct sunlight always or whenever possible.
If you are allergic to the main and active ingredient or had allergic reactions to NSAIDs, it is advised to consult a doctor before using Etodolac.
Make your doctor know about your family history of illness like strokes, heart disorders, blood clots, stomach ulcers or intestinal bleeding.
Talk to your doctor if you have asthma, liver, kidney disease or problems with fluid retention before getting prescribed for etodolac.
Do not take this medicine during the last trimester of your pregnancy as it may harm the unborn baby. Speak to your physician if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Do not breastfeed your child if you are taking etodolac as this med can pass to the child through breast milk.
Certain allergic reactions with the pill can be sneezing, hives, running nose, breathing problems or swelling of the nose, lips, face, and throat. Go for immediate medical help if you encounter problems like heart attack, stroke, chest pain, weakness over one side of the body. Common side effects of Etodolac are headache, rashes, diarrhea, constipation, weakness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, digestion problems, stomach ache, sore throat or symptoms of flu. If you notice shortness of breath, changes in your vision, rapid gain in weight, kidney problems, severe skin allergies, visit your health care professional immediately without any waiting.
Interactions with other drugs
Get approval from your doctor before using antidepressants like escitalopram, citalopram, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline, trazodone or vilazodone. Taking NSAID with any of these medicines could cause you to get bruises or bleed easily. Notify your physician if you are taking any prescription medications, over the counter drugs or any other herbal supplements so as to carefully avert any severe drug interactions