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User Reviews for Etodolac

Etodolac has an average rating of 7.5 out of 10 from a total of 77 ratings on Drugs.com. 69% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 18% reported a negative experience.

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Pain  
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Summary of Etodolac reviews 7.5 77 reviews

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Reviews for Etodolac

Anonymous · May 2, 2009

Lodine (etodolac) for Osteoarthritis: “I have used etodolac for many years. When I don't take it, I have to think about my knees with every step. When I do take it, I can walk without being aware of my knees. For me it has been very helpful.”

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cptts97838 · Taken for 5 to 10 years · November 27, 2013

For Pain: “I had severe pain in both shoulders for a couple of years and tried everything offered over the counter and some prescriptions that were mind benders to me. After surgery the pain was reduced from a 10 to a 5 which was almost tolerable. Ibuprofen caused constipation and aspirin caused stomach problems. A young female intern at the VA finally prescribed the Etodolac and now I live nearly pain free most of the time. Even the developed back pain that has developed over the years is more tolerable and I can live a normal life with little restraint.”

9 / 10
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Big Nut · Taken for 5 to 10 years · July 17, 2015

For Pain: “This drug is a lesser known gem. I had taken various other NSAIDS and Narcotics and Etodolac is the only drug I have stayed with since IT WORKS. No real side effects that I am aware of. AND it is inexpensive. I have degenerative discs, spinal stenosis and arthritis. My back pain is constant without taking this drug. While taking this, my pain levels are drastically reduced and I am way more functional. I convinced two other family members to talk to their doctor about Etodolac and they too have had great results. This is a no brainer to highly recommend.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous · January 24, 2010

For Pain: “After suffering with increasing swelling and knee joint pain over the past year, I finally saw a doctor about it. She put me on etodolac. I was skeptical that it would work any better than the ibuprofen I'd been taking, but I'm on my third day and the swelling has already gone down about 50% and I'm not in constant pain. In fact, I enjoyed going to a movie in a theater last night - for the first time in a very long time. I wasn't fidgeting trying to relieve my stiff, aching joints and after sitting still for 2.5 hrs, I got up and walked out without limping. Amazing!”

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Bakache · Taken for less than 1 month · March 21, 2013

For Pain: “I started using Etodolac a few weeks ago for back pain (facet joint disease and degeneration of the spine). It has worked very well for me. Pain level is 2-3 when I'm on it, 7-8 when I'm not. It is prescribed at 300mg 3x a day. It reduces the pain considerably for 6-7 hrs. It has been working better than other NSAIDs, with very little side effects. I would recommend it!”

9 / 10
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ScottATL · September 8, 2016

For Pain: “I have bulging disks / pinched nerves in my neck causing radiating pain down my arm. The drug was awesome for the first few days then has gradually lost efficacy for me. However, it is still better than the Meloxicam I had been taking, which did almost nothing for me. I have had minor side effects. First and second day on it, my pain went from a 7-8 down to a 2. Now it is about at a 4, which is still better than I was.”

8 / 10
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sarahmb77 · October 22, 2013

For Pain: “I have had debilitating back pain that has worsened to the point that my quality of life has been horrible. I started taking these and the pain went from a 10 to a 1 after the very first dose. So thankful that my doctor finally prescribed this to me”

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mp8621 · August 29, 2014

For Pain: “This works well for my TMJ, neck, shoulder pain. My TMJ can be horrible and radiates down my neck. I've had all these things checked and MRI'd including my neck and shoulder and either there is a nerve issue or my TMJ is the root cause to all of it. This medicine is great to keep the pain at bay with no side effects that I've noticed.”

9 / 10
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bscootermamma · February 15, 2012

For Pain: “I was on another medicine for severe arthritic pain for years. Tey recently made put it in Narcotics Class type, so I could no longer get it. My Doctor put me on Etodolac and it works even better than the Tramadol I was on. This is like a Miracle or me.”

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Finally! · Taken for less than 1 month · September 7, 2013

For Osteoarthritis: “For the last 3 years I have been plagued with inflammation in every joint; my knees especially. Recently my lower back went out. Doctor prescribed etodolac and call me crazy but overnight my lower back pain is gone. My knees are also feeling so much better. Wow.”

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Me · Taken for 5 to 10 years · May 1, 2019

For Pain: “I’ve had osteoarthritis of my back and degenerative disc disease for several years and painful neuropathy of my feet for no good reason. I noticed Etodolac helped my back right away and took the should muscle pain away that I had in the morning. It took a few days for it to help my feet. It was a wonder drug for several years. I took 400 mg three times a day and omeprazole twice a day. It works somewhat on my back now, not nearly as much - but now I have osteopenia too. It still helps my foot pain but not as much so the doc added Neurontin which helps but lots of side effects. And that’s all they can do for life except increase Neurontin. Oh, did I mention that now they are threatening to take me off Etodelac because I’ve turned 60 and my chances of bleeding are higher? And of course increase Neurontin to three times a day so I can sleep my life away.”

8 / 10
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Jim from Maine · Taken for 10 years or more · December 3, 2015

For Osteoarthritis: “I have severe Osteo Arthritis in most of my major joints: Spine, shoulders, hips, knees (until I just had bi-lateral knee replacements in August). I've had spinal fusion L3-S1 for OA complications and continued OA in the remainder of my spine. I've been taking Etodolac twice daily along with other pain meds for over 14 years. I've never had any adverse problems with it. I do however take Zantac 75 or equivalent twice daily to help protect my stomach. I'm a firm believer in this medication. When I need to come of of it for a procedure, my OA flares up once again. With my daily medication regime I continue to work full time in a shipyard and as a Fire Chief on a volunteer fire department. Give it a try, it may just do wonders for you.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years · July 22, 2015

For Pain: “I have herniated discs. This drug helped tremendously, reducing my inflammation and therefore my pain as well, both when I was in severe trauma, and years later when I pull my back now and then. It increases mobility which is important, because then I can walk, cope in limited daily functions without being confined to bed, and I can instead help my muscles loosen and heal. I highly recommend this drug for herniated or bulging discs etc, etcsince it reduces I flammation, not just masks pain. The other meds I tried did almost nothing. Also, I have not experienced any side effects now, or when I was taking it every 12 hrs for those many difficult months.”

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Jim · Taken for 5 to 10 years · August 20, 2018

For Osteoarthritis: “I have been taking Etodolac for 6 years now twice a day as I could hardly walk due to knee pain. After the second day on it I had no knee pain and swear by it. I realize there are some side effect trade off's but do not want to go through knee surgery.”

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Daisycam · Taken for 10 years or more · October 26, 2018

For Osteoarthritis: “14 years ago a surgeon recognized an arthritic flare up in my shoulder following a nasty fall. He prescribed Etodolac which quickly shut down the pain. I continued on the drug for a couple of years vs surgery. One day I forgot to take it and thought I had the flu I hurt so much in every joint. I discovered I had OA just about everywhere. The Etodolac is the only thing which keeps me functional. I live in fear of running out. I've never had a side effect I know of. If it works for you, it's miraculous.”

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MFClayton · December 21, 2017

For Pain: “I was having heel pain for the past 4 months following back surgery L4 & L5 fusion. I finally had to go see a Podiatrist on 12/15/17. The doctor prescribed me Etodolac 400MG. Instantly this medication has helped my pain go completely away. Although I am instructed to take one pill 2x a day with food, so far taking 1 pill per day has certainly worked for me after nearly one week. I am looking forward to walking my six miles 3 times a week following the holiday. I hope that I was helpful.”

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mdib · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · August 22, 2015

Lodine (etodolac) for Osteoarthritis: “I was on cymbalta. It worked some, but there were many times it wasn't too spectacular. I have very little or no pain when I take the Lodine 2x a day. There are times I only take it once a day because if my stomach is off, it can bother it. Otherwise, it works better than anything else I've been on.”

9 / 10
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Mysticld · Taken for less than 1 month · December 6, 2020

For Osteoarthritis: “I have a neck injury that occurred many years ago, now I have arthritis in my neck because of the injury. I can no longer receive prednisone in my neck due to reaching max limit, and now have DDD, I also have developed osteoarthritis of my hands from many years of abuse, pumping blood pressure cuffs. Went to orthopedic doctor 2 weeks ago for the pain ( I have not gone to dr for pain in bones in a year, and before that almost 30 years for my neck. He prescribed etodolac ( lodine) 400 mg once daily. Well I have a history of a heart attack and take 3 blood pressure medications. Why would a doctor prescribe a medication (nsaid) to someone so high risk? I don’t get it. I told him I have tried Aleve (against my better judgement) and it caused stomach pain and severe headache. Ibuprofen don’t work at all. Well I guess I will have to live in severe pain when it flares up because I will NOT take the lodine. What a waste of money and time.”

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teachertype · Taken for 10 years or more · June 6, 2020

Lodine (etodolac) for Pain: “Spending 8-12 hours a day on cement floors teaching I developed inflamed heel tendons, a sort of tendonitis. I could hardly put any weight on my heels, so my arches and balls of my feet were taking the brunt of it. I was getting lots of foot and leg cramps. Podiatrist gave me heel cups to wear and Lodine to take twice a day. It worked super well for me. I always need to drink or eat with the pill, but then no side effects I've noticed. It just eliminates the pain, within about ten minutes. It can come back quickly though if I do things that will make the problem worse, i.e. walking the dog, bending over to do gardening, going for a walk, lifting too much weight. Later on, I developed osteoarthritis and I've been taking the Lodine as needed for the pain. I like that it's non-addictive and it works for me, completely. Walgreen's stopped providing them and I don't know why. I'm going to look into it because I really need them when I need them.”

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Daa1969 · Taken for 2 to 5 years · August 28, 2015

For Pain: “I switched to this due to nausea from ibuprofen, used it for back, head, neck, and tooth aches, for me it has been the best thing I ever took, much better than the ibuprofen, worked as well as narcotic pain killers without all the drowsiness, so I could take anytime and still live a normal life!”

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mmmtam · Taken for 1 to 6 months · August 4, 2016

For Pain: “I have fibromyalgia and was first prescribed Gabapentin, which helped some of my issues, but I needed something more to ease my widespread pain. My doctor than added Etodolac 400 mg every 6 hrs as needed. At first I only took it periodically but I didn't see results. Then I began taking it 3 times spread throughout the day. I can now move and walk and my pain has almost disappeared. I did have some bloating and gas side effects, but can totally tolerate that versus the pain that I was in.”

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X · Taken for 5 to 10 years · December 3, 2015

For Pain: “Was given this for a sore shoulder, but it didn't work any better than ibuprofen. Fortunately, before I gave it up I noticed the effect it has on my gout. It is like magic. Taking a double dose and drinking lots of water stopped a major gout attack in hours rather than the usual ten days. I now use it somewhat irregularly (whenever I feel I need some general pain relief, usually several times a week, but less often than the officially listed usage). It's now been five or six years since I've had any problem with gout. It apparently doesn't work for everyone, but for me it really works.”

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linkays · Taken for less than 1 month · February 18, 2016

For Pain: “I herniated a disc in my back and was in severe pain. I waited one week to go to the doctor thinking it would get better on its own. She prescribed Etodolac 400mg to be taken twice a day. It took almost a week before I felt any relief at all. It took away the excruciating pain but my back still hurt when I would bend over to pick something up, getting up in the mornings, getting in and out of my car and just standing up in general. It also makes me drowsy. Two weeks ago yesterday I hurt my back and I've been on Etodolac one week yesterday. In the future if I should hurt myself again, I will ask my doctor to give me something else.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · November 14, 2018

For Pain: “I recently was put on etodolac 300 for costochondritis. I suffered 5 months of pain inside my chest. I took it right after I got the prescription filled and it had no effect. The next day I took it again and I felt so much better. I'm supposed to take it 2x a day but I only take it when needed. For now it works for me. Good luck all.”

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CBar1 · Taken for 1 to 6 months · February 12, 2016

For Pain: “Spent 1.5 months on this. I always took it with food and plenty of water and had no adverse side effects, even though many new meds tend to make me nauseous. It helped my pain somewhat, but not enough. I'm trying something new now. Again I had no side effects, but for me it just isn't effective enough.”

7 / 10
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