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I have a sister who has arthritis and she has been trying many different medicines until now. Anyway, now she has a new doctor and he prescribed her new drug. He wants her to start with therapy of Etodolac, some drug that we have never heard about before. We are worried if he could make mistake and prescribe her wrong medicine. Can you tell us more about Etodolac, and how she is supposed to take it when she starts with therapy?

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Etodolac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. The most common those symptoms are caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Etodolac is in a class of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes these problems. Etodolac comes as a tablet, a capsule, and an extended-release, or tablet to take by mouth. To treat arthritis, the tablet and capsule are usually taken two to three times a day. The extended-release tablet is usually taken once a day with food. To relieve pain from other causes, etodolac is usually taken with food every 6 to 8 hours as needed differently for patient to patient. To help you remember to take Etodolac, take it around the same time every day, and follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Your sister should also ask her doctor or pharmacist to explain any part she does not understand. Since she is taking Etodolac for arthritis, her doctor may start her on a low dose of Etodolac and gradually increase her dose.
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