Sulindac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It reduces pain, redness, stiffness and swellings associated with joint diseases. Only take this medicine if prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Sulindac is used to relieve pain, swelling, tenderness, and stiffness. It provides pain relief in moderate to severe pain.
This medicine should be used with caution because it may cause heart attack, stroke and other forms of heart disease. Your healthcare provider will usually do some tests before prescribing the medication for longer than two weeks.
- Sulindac is available as 150mg and 200mg tablets to be taken by mouth.
- Take the tablets every 12 hours with food or milk. Your healthcare provider will prescribe the dosage depending on your condition.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
- If you miss a dose, take it when you remember. Do not use two doses at the same time.
- If you use more than the prescribed amount, seek medical attention immediately.
Side-effects that you may experience when you use this medicine include:
- Stomach pain.
- Skin rash, if you are allergic to the drug.
In more severe cases, you may experience:
- Difficulty breathing.
- Stomach bleeding and ulcers.
- Chest pain.
- Heart attack.
Report any other side-effects you may experience to your healthcare provider.
- Sulindac should not be used for persons younger than 18 years old.
- If you currently have or have had heart diseases in the past, it will increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.
- It worsens stomach ulcers. Inform your healthcare provider if you have active stomach ulcers before using this medicine.
- It may cause some kidney or liver problems when you use it for long periods.
- You may experience dizziness while using this medicine. Do not drive or operate any machinery when you use it.
- If you are to undergo surgery, do not use this medicine three days before the surgery. You may bleed a lot.
- Inform your healthcare provider of the other medicines you are taking, including herbal pills. It may cause you to bleed more if you use drugs like warfarin.
- Avoid taking this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you must use it, inform your healthcare provider about your condition.
- Your healthcare provider may prescribe it for long-term treatment. However, you may need to take blood tests regularly. Your healthcare provider will also monitor you for signs of stomach bleeding.