Etodolac extended-release is a medication that is commonly used to reduce pain, swelling, inflammation, or stiffness caused by various types of arthritis. The medicine, which is available in three different strengths, comes as a tablet that is generally taken once a day. Potential side effects of etodolac extended-release tablets may include weakness, constipation, sore throat, and indigestion.
Etodolac extended-release (Lodine® XL) is a drug used to reduce pain, inflammation, swelling, and/or stiffness caused by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. It is part of a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Etodolac extended-release is not a cure for the types of arthritis mentioned above, nor does it slow the progression of the disease.
(Click What Is Etodolac Extended-Release Used For? for more information on these uses, along with possible off-label uses for etodolac extended-release.)
Brand-name etodolac extended-release was manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals but is no longer being made. Generic versions are still available.
Etodolac extended-release and other NSAIDs 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, etodolac extended-release is useful at reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis.