Etodolac

How It Works:

Etodolac belongs to a class of medicine called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Etodolac exerts a lasting analgesic and an anti-inflammatory effect as it reduces the production of pain stimulating chemicals (prostaglandins) by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX).

Side Effects:

gastritis, visual disturbances, dysuria., itching skin, asthma, vertigo, indigestion, nausea, edema, ulcers in and around the mouth, hallucinations, inflammation of the pancreas, bronchospasm or breathlessness, vomiting blood, abnormal liver function, abdominal pain, vomiting, severe or non-severe skin reactions, urinary frequency, Stomach ulcers, perforation or GI bleeding, headaches, confusion, depression, high blood pressure, and heart failure, stroke, ringing in ears, constipation, diarrhea, heart attack, aggravated asthma, dizziness, fever, hepatitis and jaundice, bilirubinuria, exacerbation of colitis and Crohn's disease, bright red bloody stools, flatulence, weakness

Used For:

Etodolac is used to relieve painful conditions of the bone, joints and soft tissues such as   inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis) and advanced osteoarthritis.

Instructions:

Etodolac may cause dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue and visual. If affected, patients should not drive or operate machinery. Consult your doctor before you take etodolac.
  • If you are suffering from kidney, liver or heart failure or high blood pressure of fluid retention.
  • If you are suffering from GI bleeding, ulceration or perforation or with GI conditions such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
  • If you are suffering from asthma or other breathing difficulties.
  • If you are at a child bearing age and planning to get pregnant or are breast feeding.
Tell your doctor or laboratory technician for urine analysis or blood test, if you are taking etodolac, as it may influence the levels of certain urine (urinary bilirubin or ketone bodies) and blood parameters (serum uric acid levels).

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is etodolac safe?Etodolac is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is etodolac controlled substance?No, etodolac is not a controlled substance.
Q. Is etodolac better than ibuprofen?Etodolac belongs to the same class of medicines like ibuprofen. The effects of both are comparable.
Q. Is etodolac like/ same as ibuprofen?Etodolac also belongs to a group of medicines called NSAID like ibuprofen and has the same effect as ibuprofen in treating pain and inflammation.
Q. Is etodolac an antibiotic?No, etodolac belongs to a class of medicine called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), used to treat pain and inflammation.
Q. Can I take etodolac for headache, toothache and back pain?Yes, etodolac can be taken for headache, toothache and back pain. Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding dosage, duration and frequency of use.
Q. Can I take etodolac with Aleve (naproxen)/naproxen/meloxicam/ Vicodine (acetaminophen and hydrocodone)/Percocet (acetaminophen and oxycodone)/aspirin?Aleve (naproxen)/naproxen/meloxicam/Vicodine (acetaminophen and hydrocodone)/ Percocet (acetaminophen and oxycodone)/aspirin are all drugs that belong to the same group of medicines as etodolac i.e. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and therefore, concomitant use of two or more NSAIDs (including aspirin) may increase the risk of adverse effects. Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding dosage, duration and frequency of use, and any concomitant medication used.
Q. Can I take etodolac with hydrocodone/ tramadol/oxycodone?Hydrocodone/ tramadol/oxycodone also have pain relief (analgesic) action. Concomitant use with etodolac provides additive pain relief in severely painful conditions like post-surgical pain; however the combination may also increase the risk of adverse effects. Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding dosage, duration and frequency of use, and any concomitant medication used.
Q. Can I take etodolac with flexeril?Yes, flexeril is a muscle relaxant. You may be given etodolac with flexeril for painful muscle conditions. Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding dosage, duration and frequency of use, and any concomitant medication used.
Q. Can I take etodolac with prednisolone/prednisone?No, prednisone/ prednisolone is a corticosteroid (used to treat inflammation). Coadministration of etodolac with corticosteroids may increase risk of gastrointestinal ulceration or bleeding.
Q. Can I take etodolac for headaches?Yes, etodolac is a painkiller and can be used for headaches.
Q. Does etodolac make you sleepy/high?Yes, etodolac may make you feel sleepy. It is not known if it makes one feel high.
Q. Does etodolac cause constipation and weight gain?Etodolac is not known to cause constipation and weight gain.
Q. Is etodolac a muscle relaxer?No, etodolac is not known to cause muscle relaxation. Etodolac belongs to a class of medicine called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), used to treat pain and inflammation.
Q. Does etodolac expire?All etodolac formulations have an expiry date. Read the expiry information on the product package.
Q. Does etodolac have aspirin/ acetaminophen?No, etodolac does not have aspirin/ acetaminophen. Etodolac is active molecule similar to aspirin and both belong to same group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). All the three medicines are used to relieve pain. Acetaminophen is also used to bring down the fever.
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