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Sulindac is a medication that is commonly prescribed for the treatment of mild to moderate pain caused by various conditions. The medicine is effective in relieving pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation; reducing fever; and alleviating pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis. Sulindac comes in tablet form and is available in 150 mg and 200 mg strengths. Possible side effects include diarrhea, stomach pain, and heartburn.

What Is Sulindac?

Sulindac (Clinoril®) is a prescription medicine used for the relief of mild to moderate pain, inflammation, fever, and/or stiffness. It can also be used as treatment for symptoms of osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, or rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Sulindac is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs for short.
 
(Click What Is Sulindac Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes Sulindac?

Sulindac is manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc.
 

How Does It Work?

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

Effects

By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, sulindac is useful at reducing pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation; reducing fever; and alleviating pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions.
 
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