Tolmetin

Tolmetin Overview

Reviewed: October 14, 2013
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Tolmetin is a prescription medication used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Tolmetin belongs to a group of drugs called NSAIDs. These work by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.

This medication comes in capsule and tablet forms and is typically taken 3 or 4 times a day.

Common side effects of tolmetin include nausea, upset stomach, and stomach pain.

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Uses of Tolmetin

Tolmetin is a prescription medication used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Take tolmetin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

Tolmetin Brand Names

Tolmetin may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Tolmetin Drug Class

Tolmetin is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Tolmetin

Serious side effects have been reported with tolmetin. See the “Drug Precautions” section.
Common side effects of tolmetin include the following:

  • nausea
  • upset stomach
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • flatulence
  • vomiting
  • constipation

This is not a complete list of tolmetin side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Tolmetin FDA Warning

Cardiovascular Risk

  • NSAIDs may cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, myocardial infarction, and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may increase with duration of use. Patients with cardiovascular disease or risk factors for cardiovascular disease may be at greater risk.
  • Tolmetin sodium is contraindicated for the treatment of peri-operative pain in the setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

Gastrointestinal Risk

  • NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal adverse events including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at anytime during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients are at greater risk for serious gastrointestinal events