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Etodolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January 1991.

WHAT IS ETODOLAC?

Etodolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) effective in treating fever, pain, and inflammation in the body.

As a group, NSAIDs are non-narcotic relievers of mild to moderate pain of many causes, including injury, menstrual cramps, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Since the response to different NSAIDs varies from patient to patient, it is not unusual for a doctor to try different NSAIDs for any given condition.

 

Brand Name(s): Lodine
CAS nº: 41340-25-4
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Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to etodolac and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

Etodolac has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996.

On April 7th 2005, the FDA announced that they are asking manufacturers of all prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to revise the drug labeling (package insert) to include a ”boxed” or serious warning about the potential for increased risk of cardiovascular events (including heart attack and stroke) and serious and potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding associated with their use. This information also state that patients who have just had heart surgery should not take these medications.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Etodolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) effective in treating fever, pain, and inflammation in the body.

As a group, NSAIDs are non-narcotic relievers of mild to moderate pain of many causes, including injury, menstrual cramps, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Since the response to different NSAIDs varies from patient to patient, it is not unusual for a doctor to try different NSAIDs for any given condition.

Other uses for this medicine

Etodolac is sometimes used to treat ankylosing spondylitis, tendinitis, bursitis, painful shoulder, and gout.

Recent studies have also shown it to be effective against late-onset asthma, but these findings are controversial and not widely accepted as of now.

Dosage and using this medicine

Etodolac comes as a tablet, a capsule, and an extended-release (long-acting) tablet to be taken orally.

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. For this particular condition, your doctor may start you on a low dose of etodolac and gradually increase your dose.

Swallow the extended-release tablets whole. Do not split, chew, or crush them.

Take each dose with a full glass of water (8 ounces).

To help you remember to take etodolac, take it around the same time every day.

It is paramount that you take etodolac exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking Etodolac:

Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to aspirin or any other NSAIDs, have an ulcer or bleeding in the stomach, drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day, have liver or kidney disease, have a coagulation (bleeding) disorder, have congestive heart failure, have fluid retention, have heart disease, or have high blood pressure. You may not be able to take etodolac, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment, if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Etodolac is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether etodolac will be harmful to an unborn baby. Etodolac must not be taken late in pregnancy (the third trimester) because a similar drug is known to affect the baby’s heart. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Furthermore, it is not known whether etodolac passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Etodolac may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

Additionally, try and avoid alcohol or use it with moderation. If you drink more than three alcoholic beverages a day, etodolac may increase the risk of dangerous stomach bleeding. Talk to your doctor before taking etodolac if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day.

Before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicine, talk to your doctor and pharmacist.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you are taking etodolac on a regular schedule, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose.

If you are taking etodolac as needed, take the missed dose if it is needed, then wait the recommended or prescribed amount of time before taking another dose.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Possible side effects from using etodolac include:

abdominal burning
cramping
nausea
gastritis

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

dizziness or headache
nausea, diarrhea, or constipation
depression
fatigue or weakness
dry mouth
irregular menstrual periods

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
blood in vomit or bloody
black or tarry stools
muscle cramps, numbness, or tingling
ulcers (open sores) in the mouth
rapid weight gain (fluid retention)
seizures
decreased hearing or ringing in the ears
yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
abdominal cramping, indigestion, or heartburn

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Always 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. If you are not sure, please talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In the case of an overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call the local emergency services at 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

nausea
vomiting
stomach pain
dizziness
drowsiness
headache
ringing in the ears
blurred vision
seizures
sweating
numbness or tingling
little or no urine production
slow breathing

Product Images

Pictures of Etodolac pills

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of etodolac that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes, manufacturers and/or distributors.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 200 MG
Imprint: ETO 200mg
Manufacturer: TARO PHARM. USA

Name: LODINE®
Strength(s): 200 MG
Imprint: LODINE 200
Manufacturer: WYETH PHARMACEUTICALS

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 300 MG
Imprint: MYLAN 7233
Manufacturer: MYLAN

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 300 MG
Imprint: ETO 300mg
Manufacturer: TARO PHARM. USA

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 300 MG
Imprint: N 397 300
Manufacturer: TEVA USA

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 400 MG
Imprint: R 599
Manufacturer: ACTAVIS ELIZABETH

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 400 MG
Imprint: MYLAN | 237
Manufacturer: MYLAN

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 400 MG
Imprint: T88
Manufacturer: TARO PHARM. USA

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: R 632
Manufacturer: ACTAVIS ELIZABETH

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: E 139
Manufacturer: EON LABS.

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: MYLAN 242
Manufacturer: MYLAN

Name: ETODOLAC
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: TARO 89
Manufacturer: TARO PHARM. USA

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