A voltammetric study of the oxidation of etodolac has been carried out at the glassy carbon electrode. The electrochemical oxidation of etodolac was investigated by cyclic, linear sweep, differential pulse and square wave voltammetry using glassy carbon electrode. Different parameters were tested to optimize the conditions for the determination of etodolac. The dependence of intensities of currents and potentials on pH, concentration. scan rate, nature of the buffer was investigated. For analytical purposes, a very well resolved diffusion controlled voltammetric peak was obtained in Britton-Robinson buffer at pH 2.15 for differential pulse and square wave voltammetric techniques. The linear response was obtained in the ranges of 2.10(-6)-8.10(-5) M with a detection limit of 6.8 x 10(-7) and 6 x 10(-6)-8 x 10(-5) M with a detection limit of 1.1 x 10(-6) M for differential pulse and square wave voltammetric techniques, respectively. Based on this study, simple, rapid, selective and sensitive two voltammetric methods were developed for the determination of the etodolac in tablet dosage form and human serum. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.