Discussing Lodine XL With Your Doctor

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that people using NSAIDs (other than aspirin), including Lodine XL, may have a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke than those who do not take NSAIDs. This risk may be higher in people who have been taking NSAIDs for a long time. These events can occur without any warning and can lead to death. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any of the following:
 
Prior to taking Lodine XL, you should also tell your healthcare provider if you have:
 
  • Asthma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease or liver failure
  • Kidney disease or kidney failure
  • Bleeding problems or are taking medicines that decrease your blood's ability to clot
  • Diabetes
  • Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of either condition
  • Any allergies to medicines, including aspirin or other NSAIDs.
     
Let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
  • Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Lodine XL and Pregnancy)
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Drink alcohol frequently
  • Smoke
  • Are having or have recently had heart surgery.
     
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may currently be taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Lodine XL Precautions and Warnings for more information, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 
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