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Lodine Precautions and Warnings

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Lodine

Some of the things to be aware of before taking Lodine include:
 
  • Certain medications can interact with Lodine (see Lodine Drug Interactions).
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Lodine, have been reported to cause cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke, which can result in loss of life. People with cardiovascular disease or who have risk factors for the condition appear to be at greater risk. To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, you should take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Call 911 if you notice:
 
    • Chest pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Weakness
    • Slurred speech.
 
  • All NSAIDs, including Lodine, may cause high blood pressure or make it worse. Therefore, Lodine should be used with caution in people with known high blood pressure.
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Lodine, may cause congestive heart failure or swelling. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice unexplained weight gain or swelling. Lodine should be used with caution in people with heart failure.
     
  • All NSAIDs, including Lodine, have been known to cause problems in the stomach and intestines, including bleeding (known as gastrointestinal bleeding), stomach ulcers, or holes in the stomach or intestines (perforations). These problems can lead to serious complications or even loss of life. Extreme caution should be used if Lodine is prescribed for people with a history of ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding. To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, it you should take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any signs of stomach ulcers or bleeding, including:
 
    • Stomach pain
    • Indigestion
    • Black, tarry stools
    • Vomiting blood.
 
  • Kidney damage can happen in people taking NSAIDs, including Lodine. It is more common in people with kidney disease, heart failure, liver problems, those taking diuretics or ACE inhibitor medication, and the elderly.
     
  • Liver damage can also occur with Lodine. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice:
 
    • Nausea
    • Tiredness
    • Lethargy
    • Itchy or yellowing skin
    • Abdominal pain
    • Flu-like symptoms.
 
  • NSAIDs, including Lodine, have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice things such as difficulty breathing and swelling of the face and throat.
     
  • In rare cases, people taking Lodine can develop a serious rash. If you notice an unexplained rash or blisters, fever, or itchy skin, stop taking Lodine and call your healthcare provider.
     
  • If you are an alcoholic or drink alcohol frequently, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to starting Lodine. Alcohol can affect the way the liver works, indirectly affecting the way Lodine works.
     
  • NSAIDS have been known to cause an increase in liver enzymes. Therefore, you should have a blood test that looks at your liver function before starting Lodine and then again 12 weeks after treatment has started.
     
  • Lodine has been known to cause anemia. Thus, if you are taking Lodine for an extended amount of time and show signs of anemia, talk to your healthcare provider.
     
  • You should not take Lodine with other NSAIDs, as this may increase your risk for any of the problems discussed in this article. Many NSAIDs are available without a prescription, so make sure to read labels carefully. Examples of NSAIDs include:
 
 
  • Lodine is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that it could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. If you are pregnant, you should only take Lodine if the benefit outweighs the possible risk to the fetus. Lodine is not recommended for women in the third trimester of pregnancy because it can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Lodine, contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Lodine and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • If you are nursing, it is recommended that you not take Lodine. Therefore, if you are taking Lodine and are nursing, ask your healthcare provider whether to stop nursing or to discontinue the medicine.
     
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