Etodolac helps relieve pain and inflammation. It is used to provide relief associated with pain and swelling in the joints such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
Take Etodolac exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine should be taken with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Etodolac is available as a tablet, capsule or modified release tablet.
If you are taking the delayed-release, prolonged-release, sustained-release or extended-release type of tablet (may be labelled “ER”), swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the tablet.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Do not take this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to this medicine and to similar medicines such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
This medicine should not be used to treat pain before and after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (procedure to improve and restore the blood flow in the heart)
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- stomach ulcer or history of stomach ulcer
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Etodolac.
If you are taking the delayed-release, prolonged-release, sustained-release or extended-release type of tablet (may be labelled “ER”), you may see a small tablet-shaped casing in your bowel movements. This is normal; do not be alarmed. This casing is just an empty shell; the medicine inside it has already been absorbed by your body.
Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
Etodolac may make you drowsy or dizzy. It may also cause your vision to be temporarily blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
This medicine may also cause any of the following side effects: indigestion, stomach wind, diarrhoea, weakness, fever, vomiting, skin rash, and itching. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost.
Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience pass out blood or black, tarry stools or vomit coffee-ground-like vomitus.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other NSAIDs (medicine for pain and inflammation) e.g. ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac
- certain antibiotics e.g. ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin
- medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease e.g. digoxin, atenolol, captopril
- medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus
- medicines used to treat water retention (water pills) e.g. furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide
- lithium (a mood disorder medicine)
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Etodolac.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.