Tolmetin is often prescribed to help patients with rheumatoid or osteo arthritis reduce pain, stiffness and soreness associated with their disease. This medication is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug; it works by preventing the body from producing an enzyme that contributes to inflammation, pain and fever.
This medication increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Patients who have had a heart attack or stroke should be careful when taking this medication, as should patients who have a family history of heart disease. Patients who have had coronary bypass surgery should not take this medication because of the risk to the heart.
This medication can also cause stomach problems. Patients may develop ulcers or stomach perforations while on Tolmetin. See your doctor if you have stomach pain or problems while on this medication.