Etodolac is commonly prescribed to help reduce pain, swelling, inflammation, or stiffness. This nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug works by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Thus, it is effective in treating arthritis symptoms and general pain. The medication comes in either tablet or capsule form and is available in several strengths. Common side effects include heartburn, diarrhea, and dizziness.
Etodolac (Lodine®) is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to reduce pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness caused by several conditions.
(The side effects listed below are not a complete list of possible side effects with etodolac. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor, meaning that they require no treatment or are easily treated by your healthcare provider.
Common side effects of etodolac include:
- Heartburn or indigestion (dyspepsia)
- Stomach pain
- Tiredness or weakness.
Less common but more serious side effects include:
- Cardiovascular problems, including a heart attack or stroke
- Stomach or intestinal problems, including bleeding, ulcers, or a hole (known as a perforation)
- Liver damage
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure
- Fluid retention
- Congestive heart failure
- Allergic reaction
- Unexplained rash.
These side effects are possible with all NSAIDs and can lead to life-threatening complications or even loss of life.
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