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What is Clinoril (Sulindac) prescribed for?

Arthritis is a broad term that covers a group of over 100 diseases, although no matter which one you have, it has everything to do with your joints. Such as your wrists, knees, hips, or even your fingers. And while this disease can happen to anyone it does become much more common as you age.

Clinoril is an anti-inflammatory medication that is based around reducing pain, swelling, and joint stiffness from arthritis. It can also be used to treat another type of arthritis that dwells in the spin, and it also works against gouty arthritis, and shoulder bursitis/tendonitis.

This medication comes in a singular dose which is 300mg. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, with a full glass of water, and usually twice a day. Unless directed otherwise by your doctor. Do not lie down after taking this medication for about 10 minutes. It is also best to take this medication with food, or right after meals, or with antacids to prevent an upset stomach.

Remember that the dosage you are taking is based on your medical condition and your overall response to the treatment. To lessen any side effects, use this medication at the lowest most effective dose for the shortest possible time. Do not increase your dose or take it more often then you should without consulting your doctor.

Keep in mind that it may take up to 1 to 2 weks before you begin to feel the full effect and gain the full benefits of this medication


Before taking this medication, advise your doctor if you are allergic to Sulindac, or to aspirin or other NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib). Or if you have any other allergies in general.

Speak with your doctor of your medical history before taking this medication, especially if you have had any of the following; asthma (including a history of worsening breathing after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), bleeding or clotting problems, growths in the nose (nasal polyps), heart disease (such as previous heart attack), high blood pressure, kidney stones, liver disease, stomach/intestinal/esophagus problems (such as bleeding, ulcers, recurring heartburn), stroke.

Kidney problems can sometimes occur with the use of NSAID medications, including sulindac. Problems are more likely to occur if you are dehydrated, have heart failure or kidney disease, are an older adult, or if you take certain medications (see also Drug Interactions section). Drink plenty of fluids as directed by your doctor to prevent dehydration and tell your doctor right away if you have a change in the amount of urine.

Side Effects

Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, gas, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: hearing changes (such as ringing in the ears), mental/mood changes, difficult/painful swallowing, symptoms of heart failure (such as swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain).

And obtain medical attention right away if you have any of the following; signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), unexplained stiff neck.

This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. If you notice any of the following highly unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking sulindac and consult your doctor or pharmacist right away: dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes or skin.


What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.


What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.


What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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