Discuss With Your Doctor
Taking an NSAID can increase your risk of life-threatening heart or
circulation problems, including heart attack or stroke. This risk will
increase the longer you use an NSAID. Do not use this medicine just before
or after having heart bypass surgery (also called coronary artery bypass
graft, or CABG).
NSAIDs can also increase your risk of serious effects on the stomach or
intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These
conditions can be fatal and gastrointestinal effects can occur without warning
at any time while you are taking an NSAID. Older adults may have an even greater
risk of these serious gastrointestinal side effects.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Etodolac, or if you
have a history of allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Before taking Etodolac, tell your doctor if you are allergic to
any drugs, or if you have:
- History of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot
- Heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure
- History of stomach ulcers or bleeding
- Liver or kidney disease
- Polyps in your nose
- Bleeding or blood clotting disorder
- If you smoke
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Etodolac, or you
may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Taking Etodolac during
the last 3 months of pregnancy may result in birth defects. Do not take Etodolac
during pregnancy unless your doctor has told you to.
It is not known whether
Etodolac passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use
this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 6 years old without
the advice of a doctor.