Drug Database - Etodolac
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Etodolac is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Etodolac works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Etodolac is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis, FM, CFS, ME.
Etodolac may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.
How To Use This Medicine
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you.
Do not take
the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by
your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill
whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking
the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
It may take up to 2 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve.
For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor
if your symptoms do not improve.
If you take Etodolac for a long period of time, your doctor may want to check
you on a regular basis to make sure this medication is not causing harmful
effects. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests.
Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Etodolac.
Store Etodolac at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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.
If You Miss A Dose
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your
next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly
Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
In Case of Overdose
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much
of this medicine. Symptoms of a Etodolac overdose may include:
- Stomach pain
- Black or bloody stools
- Coughing up blood
- Shallow breathing
What To Avoid
Do not use any other over-the-counter cold, allergy, or pain medication
without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Many medicines available over
the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to Etodolac (such as
ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen). If you take certain products together
you may accidentally take too much of this type of medication. Read the label
of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains:
Do not drink alcohol while taking Etodolac. Alcohol can increase the risk of
stomach bleeding caused by Etodolac.
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.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an
Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
STOP taking Etodolac and SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION or call your doctor AT ONCE
if you have any of these SERIOUS side effects:
- Chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath
- Slurred speech, problems with vision or balance
- Black, bloody, or tarry stools
- Coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Swelling or rapid weight gain
- Urinating less than usual or not at all
- Nausea, stomach pain
- Low fever
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine, clay-colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and
red skin rash
- Bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness
- Headache, neck stiffness, chills, increased sensitivity to light, purple
spots on the skin
- Seizure (convulsions)
Keep taking Etodolac and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less
serious side effects:
- Upset stomach, mild heartburn or stomach pain
- diarrhea, constipation
- Bloating, gas
- Dizziness, headache
- Skin itching or rash
- Sore throat, stuffy nose
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in your ears
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.
Before taking Etodolac, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the
- warfarin (Coumadin®)
- lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid®)
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex®, Trexall®)
- steroids (prednisone and others)
- aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- diclofenac (Cataflam®, Voltaren®)
- flurbiprofen (Ansaid®)
- indomethacin (Indocin®)
- ketoprofen (Orudis®)
- ketorolac (Toradol®)
- mefenamic acid (Ponstel®)
- meloxicam (Mobic®)
- nabumetone (Relafen®)
- naproxen (Aleve®, Naprosyn®)
- piroxicam (Feldene®)
- benazepril (Lotensin®)
- captopril (Capoten®)
- fosinopril (Monopril®)
- enalapril (Vasotec®)
- lisinopril (Prinivil®, Zestril®)
- ramipril (Altace®)
If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use Etodolac or
you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
There may be other drugs not listed that can affect Etodolac. Tell your
doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use.
This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by
other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.