Sulindac

Sulindac

Where is Sulindac used?

Sulindac is a prescription used for the treatment of;

  • Acute gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

This is in the class of medications called known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine lessens the swelling, pain, and joint stiffness from arthritis.

How does Sulindac work?

Sulindac works by blocking the action of a substance in the body called cyclo-oxygenase (COX). COX is involved in the creation of several chemicals in the body one of those is called prostaglandins. These are made by the body in reaction to injury and definite illnesses or diseases and cause swelling, inflammation, and pain. This medicine blocks the production of these prostaglandins and is therefore effective at reducing pain and inflammation. 

How is Sulindac taken?

Sulindac is usually taken twice a day or as directed by your doctor. You may take each dose either right after meals, with food, or with antacids. It may help you prevent an upset stomach. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment. To lessen the risk of side effects, use this drug at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible length of time. You should not increase your dose or take it more often than recommended. 

In certain conditions, it may take 1 to 2 weeks before the full benefits of this medicine take effect. Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse. Swallow the drug as a whole with a full glass of water. Do not crush, break, or chew the tablets. Remember to take it at the same time and in the same way each day. If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and follow your regular schedule. 

What are the possible side effects of Sulindac?

  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache 
  • Dry mouth

What are the precautions in using Sulindac?

  • Sulindac should be used with caution in elderly people, those with a history of disorders affecting the stomach, people with decreased kidney functions, or liver functions. 
  • For people with heart failure, high blood pressure, heart disease, and disease of the blood vessels in and around the brain, this medication should be used carefully. 
  • This is not recommended for use in people with active peptic ulcers, severe heart failure, severely decreased kidney function, or severe liver disease. 
  • Inform your doctor if you have an allergic reaction to this medication. Tell also if you have any allergies. This drug may have an ingredient that causes an allergic reaction. 
  • If you experience any changes in your vision while having this treatment, you should tell your doctor. 
  • If you are 65 years and older, your body may process the medicine more slowly. Your doctor may start on a low dose so that there will be no excess build-up of this medicine in your body. Having too much of this medicine in your body can be dangerous.
  • If there any signs of overdose or allergic reaction, call for medical help right away.