For those who are taking Lodine for acute pain relief, dosage recommendations start at 200 mg to 400 mg every six to eight hours. When treating osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, the suggested dose is 300 mg (taken two to three times daily), 400 mg (taken twice daily), or 500 mg (taken twice daily). Your maximum daily dosage of Lodine should not exceed 1000 mg.
The dose of Lodine® (etodolac) that your healthcare provider prescribes will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your Lodine dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
For acute pain relief, the recommended dose is 200 mg to 400 mg, taken every six to eight hours. The maximum recommended daily Lodine dosage is 1000 mg.
When treating symptoms of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, the recommended dose may be one of the following:
- Lodine 300 mg, taken two or three times a day
- Lodine 400 mg, taken two times a day
- Lodine 500 mg, taken two times a day.
The maximum recommended daily dose of Lodine is 1000 mg.
It may take several weeks for people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis to feel the full effects of Lodine.
Some considerations for people taking Lodine include the following:
- Lodine should be taken with a glass of water. Taking it with milk or food may prevent stomach upset.
- It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease the chances of serious side effects occurring.
- Lodine should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of medicine in your blood.
- For Lodine to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you take it differently than how your healthcare provider recommends.
- If you do not take your Lodine as scheduled, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, skip the missed one and continue with normal dosing. Do not double the dose or take Lodine with other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). It is, however, okay to take it with acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
- If you are unsure about anything related to Lodine or your dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking Lodine without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.