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Tolmetin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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General Information on Tolmetin

Generic Name : Tolmetin
Pronunciation : tole' met in
Latest prescription information about Tolmetin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y45.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Antirheumatics
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Tolmetin

International- Tolectin, Tolectin DS.
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Why is Tolmetin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or juvenile arthritis. It blocks certain substances in the body that cause inflammation.

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When should Tolmetin not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients who have experienced asthma, allergic reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs and known hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Tolmetin?

Rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis- The recommended starting dose for adults is 400 mg three times daily (1200 mg daily).
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis- The recommended starting dose for pediatric patients (2 years and older) is 20 mg/kg/day in divided doses.

How should Tolmetin be taken?

It comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth, on an empty stomach.

What are the warnings and precautions for Tolmetin?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of asthma, runny nose, swelling of the hands, feet, ankles or lower legs, heart, liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure, blood disorders, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Avoid alcohol consumption or smoking; otherwise it may cause severe bleeding in stomach or ulcer.

Monitor kidney function, complete blood cell counts and blood pressure regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Tolmetin?

   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, indigestion, gastrointestinal distress, abdominal pain, diarrhea, flatulence, vomiting, constipation, stomach inflammation and peptic ulcer.
   Body as a Whole : Headache, weakness and chest pain.
   Heart : Elevated blood pressure and swelling.
   Central Nervous System : Dizziness, drowsiness and depression.
   Metabolic : Weight gain/ loss.
   Skin : Skin irritation.
   Eye and ENT : Ringing in the ear, and visual disturbances.
   Blood : Anemia.
   Genitourinary : Elevated BUN and urinary tract infection.

What are the other precautions for Tolmetin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Tolmetin?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15-30C), and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.




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