What Is Lodine Used For?
Many people wonder, "What is Lodine used for?" The medication is typically used for reducing pain, inflammation, stiffness, or swelling that is caused by arthritis or other painful conditions. By blocking the effects of certain hormones, Lodine helps relieve pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation. Off-label uses of the drug include the relief of symptoms associated with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, and lupus.
What Is Lodine Used For? -- An Overview
Lodine® (etodolac) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to pain, inflammation, swelling, or stiffness.
Specific uses include:
- Pain relief, such as for pain following a medical procedure, from muscle strain, or caused by inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis) or bursa (bursitis)
- Relief of osteoarthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling
- Relief of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Lodine is not a cure for these types of arthritis, however, nor does it slow down the progression of the disease.
How Does It Work?
Lodine and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) 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, Lodine is useful at reducing pain related to bone, muscle, or tendon injury or inflammation. This can include such things as back pain, foot pain, or leg pain. Blocking prostaglandins also allows Lodine to help alleviate pain and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other conditions.
Can Children Use It?
Lodine is not approved for use in children.