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Many people wonder, "What is sulindac used for?" This drug is often prescribed for the treatment of pain associated with various forms of arthritis and other bone, muscle, or tendon conditions. The medicine can also be used to reduce fever and alleviate swelling or inflammation. There are off-label uses of the drug as well, such as the treatment of migraines or symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Sulindac (Clinoril®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to pain, inflammation, fever, and stiffness.
Specific uses include the following:
- Pain relief, such as for pain following a procedure, from muscle strain, or from inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis). Sulindac can also be used to treat general pain, such as knee pain, lower back pain, or neck pain.
- Treatment of arthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling. Sulindac can be used to treat several different types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and gout. However, sulindac does not cure these types of arthritis, nor does it change their progression.
Sulindac and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are thought to work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. These hormones are called prostaglandins. By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, sulindac is effective in:
- Reducing pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation
- Reducing fever
- Alleviating pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions.