What should I know about etodolac before taking it?

You should know that you may be at risk of developing serious heart, circulation, stomach and intestinal problems when taking etodolac. This is especially true with longer use. Contact a doctor immediately if you have signs of circulation troubles like vision and speech problems, chest pain and weakness or signs of intestinal problems, such as tarry-looking stools and vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

Some medical conditions could make it too dangerous for you to take etodolac or may require you change your prescription. Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • a heart attack
  • stroke
  • blood clot
  • heart disease or failure
  • high blood pressure
  • stomach ulcers or bleeding
  • liver or kidney disease
  • asthma
  • nasal polyps
  • bleeding or blood clotting disorders
  • if you smoke

This medication may cause fetal harm, so tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. The risk involved in breastfeeding is unknown, so do not breast-feed while taking etodolac without first talking to a doctor. Some medications may interact with etodolac, so tell your doctor about all medications you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and supplements. It is especially important that you tell your doctor if you are taking a blood thinner, cyclosporine, digoxin, lithium, methotrexate, a diuretic, furosemide, steroids, any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. These medications may interact with etodolac.

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