Lodine generically known as Etodolac is an effective medication used to treat a variety of conditions, including pain and inflammation. It belongs to a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
Lodine is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to relieve pain, swelling, and stiffness caused by arthritis. It is also used to treat acute pain, such as pain caused by injury or surgery. In addition to relieving pain and reducing inflammation, this drug can help reduce fever and prevent blood clots. Etodolac has been used for decades to treat conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis. However, like many medications, it may cause certain side effects. Lodine is available as etodolac tablets of 300 and 400 mg.
Uses and Dosage
Etodolac is available in capsule form to be taken orally as per your doctor’s instructions, usually two to four times a day. It should be taken along with a full glass (8 ounces/240 milliliters) of water unless advised otherwise by your doctor. After taking this medication, do not lie down for at least ten minutes. In case of experiencing stomach upset while taking the medication, consume it along with food, milk, or an antacid.
The recommended dosages of etodolac capsules depend on the medical condition being treated.
- For the management of acute pain, the typical recommended dose is 200 mg to 400 mg by mouth every 6 to 8 hours, with a maximum daily dose of 1 gram.
- For the management of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, the starting recommended dose is usually 300 mg taken twice daily (600 mg total per day).
The dosage may be adjusted based on the individual’s medical condition and response to treatment.
Common Side Effects of Lodine (Etodolac):
- Stomach pain
- Upset stomach or indigestion
Serious Side Effects of Lodine (Etodolac):
- Bloody or tarry stools
- Burning in your eyes
- Changes in your vision
- Clay-colored stools
- Coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Dark urine
- Flu-like symptoms,
- Little or no urinating
- Painful or difficulty urinating,
- Rapid heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Skin pain that is followed by a rash (especially in your face or upper body) with blisters and peeling
- Swelling in your face, tongue, feet, or ankles
- Swelling or rapid weight gain
- Tired feeling
- Trouble concentrating
- Upper stomach pain
- Yellowing of eyes or skin (jaundice)
Form and Strength
Lodine (Etodolac) is available in the following forms and strengths:
- 300 mg
- 400 mg
- Lodine can increase the risk of fatal heart attacks or strokes, particularly if taken for prolonged periods or in high doses.
- Patients should read the NSAID Medication Guide that accompanies each prescription dispensed and should talk to their doctor or pharmacist about the risks and benefits of taking Lodine.
- Be aware etodolac can raise your blood pressure, especially if you have a history of high blood pressure. Therefore, you should check your blood pressure regularly as instructed by your provider to monitor any changes that may occur.
- To minimize the risk of developing ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines, be aware that taking etodolac can raise this risk. If you experience sudden sharp pains in your stomach or notice bright, red blood in your vomit or dark, tarry stool while taking Etodolac, speak with your healthcare provider.
- Etodolac may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. The effects may worsen if you consume alcohol or use marijuana (cannabis). Therefore, do not engage in activities that require alertness or clear vision until it is safe to do so, and limit alcoholic beverages while taking this medication.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who should not use Lodine?
Individuals who have had an allergic reaction to Lodine or other NSAIDs, have asthma, or have had recent heart surgery should not use Lodine. Inform your doctor of any medical conditions you have before using Lodine.
Can Lodine be harmful?
Like all medications, Lodine can cause side effects.
How should I take Lodine?
Follow the dosage instructions provided by your healthcare provider. Lodine is usually taken with food or milk to help prevent stomach upset. Do not take more of the medication than recommended, and do not take it for longer than prescribed.
Does Lodine interact with other medications?
Yes, Lodine may interact with other medications, including blood thinners, aspirin, corticosteroids, diuretics, and ACE inhibitors. Tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking before starting Lodine.