Lodine Side Effects
Some people may experience problems while using Lodine. Common side effects of the drug include gas, fatigue, and diarrhea, to name a few. Potentially serious reactions, such as congestive heart failure, severe bleeding problems, and stomach problems, may also occur, requiring immediate medical attention. Fortunately, side effects are usually minor and easily treated.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Lodine® (etodolac); however, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. In clinical studies, up to 10 percent of people stopped taking Lodine because of side effects.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Lodine. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Lodine has been studied extensively in clinical trials, with thousands of people worldwide having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to those that occurred in a similar group of people not taking the drug. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
Based on these studies, the most common Lodine side effects (occurring in more than 3 percent of people) included:
- Heartburn or indigestion (dyspepsia)
- Stomach pain
- Tiredness or weakness.
Other side effects, occurring in more than 1 percent of people and thought to be related to the drug, included but were not limited to:
- Unexplained bleeding
- Black, tarry stools
- Changes in stools
- Pain with urination (dysuria)
- Increased need to urinate
- Unexplained rash
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Blurred vision.