Etodolac

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Description

The drugs belongs to the group of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). It has an expressed anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic effect.
The drug eliminates the symptoms of the diseases, but doesn’t stop its progress. It is used to relieve the pain syndrome and inflammation processes during its use.

Indications for use

  • Arthritis, characterized by the pain syndrome and movement restrictions
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Psoriasis arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis (acute and chronic)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (Bekhterev’s disease)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Headache
  • Toothache
  • Ossalgia
  • Post-traumatic pain and inflammation process
  • Algodysmenorrhea

Contraindications

  • Hypersensitivity to the drug components
  • Bronchial asthma in history
  • Rhinitis and urticaria in history, emerged after the use of acetylsalicylic acid or other NSAIDs
  • Lactation period
  • Pregnancy
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Bleedings in the digestive tract
  • Children under the age of 15

Side effects

Digestive system:

  • Transient elevated ALT activity
  • Flatulence
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Sickness
  • Diarrhea
  • Allergic reactions
  • Itching
  • Rash

Respiratory system:

  • Bronchospasm (in case of Aspirin intolerance).

Central nervous system:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Vertigo

Way of use

Adults should take 1 pill twice a day (in the morning and in the evening) during the meal. If necessary, the evening dosage can be increased to 2 pills at a time. It is not recommended to take more than 1.2 g of the drug a day.

Overdose

The mild overdose is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Sickness
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting

Rare side effects:

  • Acute kidney failure
  • Arterial hypotension
  • Respiratory depression

Significant overdose (15-fold exceed of the daily dosage) can cause the following conditions:

  • G.I. bleeding
  • Coma

What should you do in case of overdose?

If you note the overdose soon, you should get your stomach pumped, take a laxative and activated charcoal (60-100 g).
In case of significant overdose, you should do an enema 4 hours after taking the drug.