tolmetin, Tolectin (Discontinued Brand) (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Tolmetin is used for the treatment of inflammation and pain that results from rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, or osteoarthritis.

SIDE EFFECTS: Most patients benefit from tolmetin and other NSAIDs with few side effects. However, serious side effects can occur, and generally tend to be dose related. Therefore, it is advisable to use the lowest effective dose to minimize side effects. The most common side effects of tolmetin involve the gastrointestinal system, and these include:

Tolmetin should be avoided by patients with a history of asthma, hives, or other allergic reactions to aspirin or other NSAIDs. Rare but severe allergic reactions have been reported in such individuals. It also should be avoided by patients with peptic ulcer disease or poor kidney function, since this medication can aggravate both conditions.

Other important side effects include:

  • heart attacks
  • strokes
  • accumulation of fluid, and
  • increased chance ofheart failure.

Tolmetin may cause or worsen high blood pressure and kidney failure.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/27/2015

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