Important Info on Etodoloac

What Is Etodolac Used For?

Etodolac has been licensed for the following uses:
  • Pain relief, such as for pain following a medical procedure, from muscle strain, or caused by inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis)
  • Relief of osteoarthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling
  • Relief of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Etodolac is not a cure for these types of arthritis, however, nor does it slow down the progression of the disease.
(Click Etodolac Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses for the drug.)

How Does It Work?

Etodolac and other NSAIDs work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. These hormones are called prostaglandins.

Effects of Etodolac

By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, the medication is useful at reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and painful conditions.

When and How Do I Take It?

General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • Etodolac comes in tablet or capsule form. It is taken by mouth.
  • Your etodolac dosage should be taken with a glass of water. Taking it with milk or food may prevent stomach upset.
  • When treating osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, it may take several weeks before the full effects of etodolac are felt.
  • 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 developing serious side effects.
  • 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. The medication will not work if you take it differently from how your healthcare provider recommends.
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