Dosing With Etodolac
Your healthcare provider will determine your etodolac dosage based on several factors, including what you are being treated for and other medicines you are already taking. The typical dose for acute pain is 200 mg to 400 mg every six to eight hours. When treating arthritis symptoms, options include 300 mg (taken two to three times daily), 400 mg (twice daily), or 500 mg (twice daily). The maximum recommended dosage of this medication is 1000 mg a day.
Etodolac Dosage: An Introduction
The dose of etodolac (Lodine®) that your healthcare provider prescribes will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your etodolac dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Acute PainFor acute pain relief, the recommended dose is 200 mg to 400 mg, taken every six to eight hours. The maximum recommended daily dose of etodolac is 1000 mg.
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
When treating osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, the recommended etodolac dose may be one of the following:
- Etodolac 300 mg, taken two or three times a day
- Etodolac 400 mg, taken two times a day
- Etodolac 500 mg, taken two times a day.
As with acute pain, the maximum recommended daily dose of etodolac is 1000 mg.
It may take several weeks for people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis to feel the full effects of etodolac.
General Information About Dosing With Etodolac
Considerations for people taking etodolac include the following:
- Your dosage should be taken with a glass of water. Taking it with milk or food may prevent stomach upset.
- It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease the chances of serious side effects occurring.
- Etodolac should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of medicine in your blood.
- For etodolac to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you take it differently from how your healthcare provider recommends.
- If you do not take your etodolac as scheduled, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing. Do not double the dose or take etodolac with other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). It is, however, okay to take it with acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
- If you are unsure about anything related to etodolac or have questions about your dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking etodolac without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.