Sulindac

Pronounced

"sul-IN-dak"

Common brand names:

Clinoril

Uses

Sulindac is used to reduce pain, swelling, and joint stiffness from arthritis. It is also used to treat arthritis of the spine, gouty arthritis, and shoulder bursitis/tendonitis. This medication is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

If you are treating a chronic condition such as arthritis, ask your doctor about non-drug treatments and/or using other medications to treat your pain. See also Warning section.

How to Use This Medication

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using sulindac and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily. Take this medication with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters), unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this drug. Take this medication either with food, right after meals, or with antacids to prevent stomach upset.

Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To lessen side effect risks (such as stomach bleeding), use this medication at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible length of time. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed. For chronic conditions such as arthritis, continue taking it as directed by your doctor. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor or pharmacist. Also, the manufacturer recommends that you do not take more than 400 milligrams per day because this may increase your risk of liver problems.

In certain conditions (such as arthritis), it may take 1-2 weeks before the full benefits take effect when this drug is taken regularly.

If you are taking this drug on an "as needed" basis (not on a regular schedule), remember that pain medications work best if they are used as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the pain has significantly worsened, the medicine may not work as well.

Tell your doctor if your condition worsens.

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