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Can I take ETODOLAC and SKELAXIN together?
I was given these by two different Dr.s and forgot about the Skelaxin when asked what medications I was on. I know he mentioned stomach problems with Aspirin products and the Etodolac, the last thing I need is a new set of problems to deal with.......Thanks in advance.
Bleaker
03/27/09
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can etodolac be used for back pain?
I use etodolac for my wrist but i want to know if it helps with back pain.
Cristina
01/18/10
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  Yes it is a NSAID, so any form of inflammation.
gillianprowe
01/18/10
What is the prescription Etodolac?
Have a prescription that says its Etodolac. Is it just like Hydrocodone?
Laken16
03/09/11
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  Etodolac is not like hydrocodone, which is an opioid analgesic. Etodolac is an NSAID, like naproxen or ibuprofen. Etodolac and hydrocodone have completely different mechanisms of action.
Tom Khan
03/09/11
What is the medication Etodolac used for?
nglswan
07/13/08
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  Etodolac is a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug).

Many of the NSAIDs currently in use have similar qualities and are grouped together. Many doctors call them "me too" medications because they are so similar in action. They do not contain any cortisone or its derivatives, hence the term nonsteroidal. They suppress inflammation, meaning that they reduce swelling, pain, tenderness, and redness as well as improve motion, hence the term, anti-inflammatory. Their exact modes of action are not known, but they seem to inhibit parts of a chemical cycle in the body that causes inflammation.

NSAIDs are the initial treatment of choice for most kinds of arthritis. They offer the best and safest help in reducing swelling and pain in joints and in managing fever. They usually begin to help in terms of weeks, though you can expect relief from fever within hours. However, sometimes they have to be given for months before improvement is apparent. In general, several NSAIDs will be tried before second-line drugs are considered

How NSAIDs are administered. All NSAIDs are administered by mouth, although aspirin is sometimes given by suppository. In Europe, suppositories are a popular way of administering NSAIDs because they reduce stomach pain and nausea, but they are less popular here because Americans are uncomfortable about administering drugs through the anus. Local irritation of the anal area is a possible side effect. At the moment, there are no NSAID skin-patch preparations, although the idea is good because skin patches allow even absorption. This will probably occur sometime in the future.

The NSAIDs differ markedly in how often they must be given. The most commonly used NSAIDs -- aspirin and the ibuprofen drugs -- have short blood-level times of a few hours. They must be given at least three or four times daily. Others such as Naproxen (Naprosyn) have longer blood-level times of twelve to fourteen hours after a dose and need to be given only two times daily. One drug, Feldene, has a half-life of greater than one day and can be given once daily.

Should NSAIDs be given with meals or between meals? Well, the drug level is higher if taken on an empty stomach, but stomach pain and nausea are also more frequent. Also, while a better drug level will be attained with between-meal dosage, it's easier for most people to remember to take the medicine at mealtimes. The specific time of day that medicine is given also matters. Most NSAIDs provide better results if given in higher doses at bedtime and in lower doses during the day. But with the short-acting medicines, daytime doses are just as necessary.

In short, if your medication is to be taken two times daily, take it at breakfast and at bedtime with a little food or milk. When medication once a day is possible, bedtime may be better. Also, when nausea is a problem, giving the evening dose at bedtime is better because the nausea occurs when you are asleep. No matter what they tell you, most NSAIDs keep fever down for no more than five hours regardless of the half-life of the medicine in the blood.

A definite concern to everyone is how long can NSAIDs be safely given? As far as anyone knows, they can be given for many years with no long-term dangers.

What type of relief to expect. NSAIDs have three main uses: to reduce swelling and inflammation; relieve pain; and reduce fever. NSAIDs improve fever the fastest. Reduction in an hour is frequent, though with JRA several hours may be necessary to control the high fever. Reducing pain in the joint is the next improvement, followed by reduced stiffness, reduced swelling and tenderness, and improvement of motion. Overall improvement in the joints can occur in a few days' time, but usually weeks and sometimes months can pass before noticeable improvement occurs. In fact, NSAIDs have allowed some patients to cut back on their intake of cortisone.



The best known NSAID is aspirin, which is the original and oldest NSAID, in use since the last century before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was formed. For this reason aspirin has always been an over-the-counter drug. The other NSAIDs are prescription drugs except ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, and others), ketoprofen (Orudis KT, Actron), and naproxen (Aleve). Other NSAIDs must be approved by the FDA for use in people with arthritis. Acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) is considered a painkiller only and is also sold over the counter.
crimsonshedemon
07/13/08
Is Etodolac used for treating fibromyalgia?
Is etodolac ever used in treating fibromyalgia?
Debbie C
05/20/11
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  its possible it could help with pain

but there is no inflammation with fms so anti inflammatories should not be used for it to treat non existant inflammation
JMITW
05/20/11
Difference between Etodolac and Naproxen?
What is the difference between Etodolac and Naproxen if any.
shawn s
07/11/07
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  They are both NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), but are not the same drug.
Naproxyn is the trade name for Aleve, Etodolac's trade name is Lodine
Because they are a different chemical make up, if one drug does not work well for you, the other one might have the desired effect.
AtsiLass
07/11/07
etodolac....?
has anyone used it? I have a severe sprain and was given it along with vicadin for pain and swelling
just me
01/03/08
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  It is generic of Lodine..it is a good anti-inflammatory for pain and inflammation..vicodin is a narcotic pain reliever..does not address the inflammation and swelling
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carpal-tunnel-provider
01/04/08
What are the side effects of Etodolac/lodine, how does it compare to other anti-inflamitory's?
traderbobday
07/16/06
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  go to www.mayoclinic.com great info there
justmeagain
07/16/06
My husband was given Etodolac 400mg. What kind of medicine is this. Is it stronger than Motrin or Tylenol?
Mamaw
02/23/10
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  Etodolac belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other members of this class include ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, etc.), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), indomethacin (Indocin), nabumetone (Relafen) and numerous others. These drugs are used for the management of mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation.
gkuvalekar
02/23/10
I have seveare Inflammation problem. Can I take Lodine tablets 400mg every day for a life time?
Is Etodolac(Lodine tablet) safe to take daily. Please Advise.

Thanks
Mohamed A
07/02/09
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Is Etodolac / Lodine an Anti Histamine?
I need to take allergy tests tomorrow - i can't take any anti histamines. I'm taking lodine for some inflammation in my back.
BabyEater
07/27/10
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  You have already answered this question - stating you are taking Lodine for inflammation in your back. This is an anti-inflammatory and is in the NSAID family. You would not be taking an anti-histamine for your back
J B
07/27/10
Can you get high off etodolac?
a long time ago i found some of these pills in my sister's room. i confronted her and she said her stepmon gave em to her cuz she was having back pains.
last week i found them in her purse again, i wanna know if she could be getting high off them.
ThaXEmosaur
03/01/09
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  No, you can't get "high" off of those. Etodolac is the generic name for Lodine, which is an anti-inflammatory drug used for arthritis, back pain, etc. It's basically similar to ibuprofen and Aleve.
mysti
03/01/09
I have not been feeling well for a couple months or more and I am currently on bentyl for stomach?
and then I am taking amoxicillin for infection and then etodolac for arthritis in the neck, i am a mess and want answers and everything I do comes back normal however went to urologist and urine test came back atypical did another sample waiting for that result........am I stressing too much or is there something seriously wrong here.
jsekief
08/12/10
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  stress can prolong any condition. The mind is so powerful. imagine getting healed and really believe it. Remember the mind controls the body and when we program the subconcious it can start healing itself. Stomach problems and nausea can eaisly be created if you are stressed. chillax...
tarsier
08/12/10

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