Safety Issues With Etodolac

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Etodolac

Warnings and precautions to be aware of before taking etodolac include the following:
 
  • Certain medications can interact with etodolac (see Drug Interactions With Etodolac).
     
  • All NSAIDs, including etodolac, have been reported to cause cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke, which can result in loss of life. People with cardiovascular disease or who have risk factors for the condition appear to be at greater risk. To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, you should take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Call 911 if you notice:
 
    • Chest pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Weakness
    • Slurred speech.
 
  • All NSAIDs, including etodolac, may cause high blood pressure or make it worse. Therefore, etodolac should be used with caution in people with known high blood pressure.
     
  • All NSAIDs, including etodolac, may cause congestive heart failure or swelling. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice unexplained weight gain or swelling. In addition, etodolac should be used with caution in people with heart failure.
     
  • All NSAIDs, including etodolac, have been known to cause problems in the stomach and intestines, including bleeding (known as gastrointestinal bleeding), stomach ulcers, or holes in the stomach or intestines (perforations). These problems can lead to serious complications or even loss of life. Thus, extreme caution should be used if etodolac is prescribed for people with a history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding. To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, you should take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any signs of stomach ulcers or bleeding, including:
 
    • Stomach pain
    • Indigestion
    • Black, tarry stools
    • Vomiting blood.
 
  • Kidney damage can happen in people taking NSAIDs, including etodolac. It is more common in people with kidney disease, heart failure, liver problems, those taking diuretics or ACE inhibitor medication, and the elderly.
     
  • Liver damage can also occur with etodolac. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice:
 
    • Nausea
    • Tiredness
    • Lethargy
    • Itchy or yellowing skin
    • Abdominal pain
    • Flu-like symptoms.
 
  • NSAIDs, including etodolac, have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice things such as difficulty breathing and swelling of the face and throat.
     
  • In rare cases, people taking etodolac can develop a serious rash. If you notice an unexplained rash or blisters, fever, or itchy skin, stop taking etodolac and call your healthcare provider.
     
  • If you are an alcoholic or drink alcohol frequently, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to starting etodolac. Alcohol can affect the way the liver works, indirectly affecting the way etodolac works.
     
  • NSAIDS have been known to cause an increase in liver enzymes. Therefore, you should have a blood test that looks at your liver function before starting etodolac and then again 12 weeks after treatment has started.
     
  • Etodolac has been known to cause anemia. Therefore, if you are taking the drug for an extended amount of time and show signs of anemia, talk to your healthcare provider.
     
  • You should not take etodolac with other NSAIDs, as this may increase your risk for any of the problems discussed in this article. Many NSAIDs are available without a prescription, so read labels carefully. Examples of NSAIDs include:
 
 
  • Etodolac is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. If you are pregnant, you should only take etodolac if the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus. Etodolac is not recommended for women in the third trimester of pregnancy because it can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. If you become pregnant while taking etodolac, contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Lodine and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • If you are nursing, it is recommended that you not take etodolac. Therefore, if you are taking etodolac and nursing, ask your healthcare provider whether to stop nursing or to discontinue the medicine.
     
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