What condition does Etodolac treat?

Etodolac is used to relieve pain from various conditions. It may also be used to lessen swelling, pain, and joint stiffness from arthritis.

Be careful to consider the potential risks and benefits of this capsule and other treatment options before deciding to use this. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals.

Etodolac is an anti-inflammatory agent. It contains analgesic and antipyretic properties. This medication is also known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This comes as a capsule for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this medication.

How does Etodolac work?

The anti-inflammatory effect of this medicine is from inhibition of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX). This declines the synthesis of peripheral prostaglandins involved in mediating inflammation. This medication binds to the upper portion of the COX enzyme. It is an active site and it prevents its substrate and arachidonic acid from entering the active site. Etodolac was previously thought to be a non-selective COX inhibitor. On the other hand, it is now known to be 5 to 50 times more selective for COX-2 than COX-1.

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What is the recommended dosage for Etodolac?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response.

This is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. The medicine is usually taken 2 to 3 times a day. After taking this medication, do not lie down for at least 10 minutes. Take this medication with food, milk, or an antacid to prevent stomach upset.

Follow the prescription of your doctor very carefully to avoid some complications.

If you are taking this drug on a not regular schedule, remember that pain medications work best if they are used as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the pain has worsened, the medication may not work as well. For certain conditions, it may take up to two weeks of taking this drug regularly until you get the full benefit.

What are the side effects of Etodolac?

  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Gas bloating
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Sore throat
  • Rash
  • Blurred vision
  • Stuffy nose
  • Ringing in the ears

What are the precautions in taking Etodolac?

  • Before taking this drug, discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits. Tell to your doctor if you are breastfeeding or pregnant women.
  • Inform your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any allergies.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications/treatments.
  • Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medicine if you are 75 years of age or older. Do not take this for a longer period or at a higher dose than recommended by your doctor.
  • Keep this away from heat and moisture.
  • Store this drug at room temperature.