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Etodolac Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Etodolac is also known as: Lodine, Lodine XL

Etodolac Pregnancy Warnings

Etodolac has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Skeletal anomalies (i.e. polydactyly, oligodactyly, syndactyly, unossified phalanges, synostosis of metatarsals) have been noted in some animal studies although a direct drug or dose response relationship could not be established. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Use late in pregnancy may result in premature closure of the ductus arteriosus and prolong labor and delivery. Etodolac should only be given during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk. Etodolac should be avoided near term.

Etodolac Breastfeeding Warnings

There are no data on the excretion of etodolac into human milk. However, trace amounts of some NSAIDs have been reported in human milk. The manufacturer recommends that due to the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

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