What is Rofecoxib

Refecoxib is a drug that is use to cure arthritis. It is an anti-inflammatory drug. It works by blocking the production of these chemicals that are responsible for pain, inflammation and stiffness that is caused by arthritis. It is also use to treat menstrual pain and migraines.

This drug is no longer used and it was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2004. The reason behind this with drawl is that there is increase risk of cardiovascular diseases by using it. FDA also issued a public health advisory to inform patients of this action and to advise them to consult with a physician about alternative medications.

If there is abdominal pain tenderness, discomfort, nausea, blood in vomit, black or tarry stools, fatigue, skin rash, itching, yellowing of skin or eyes, unusual bleeding then avoid the use of refecoxib.

The following points should be kept in mind before using refecoxib. These are:-

Smoking. Drinking alcohol. Ulcer or bleeding from stomach. Liver disease. Kidney disease. High blood pressure. Use of anticoagulant.

If any of these conditions happened to you then you should consult with your doctor. There are no proofs regarding dangerous effects of refecoxib to unborn baby but it should not be taken late by pregnant women because it will prevent the formation of baby’s heart. The breast-feeding woman should also consult with doctor before using it.

There is no restriction on food, beverages or any other activity during treatment with refecoxib.

The dose should be taken as it is prescribed by doctor. The lowest effective dose should be taken. For the treatment of acute pain and menstrual cramps the dose should be 50 mg once in a day. It can be taken with or without food.

This drug interacts with aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and increase the occurrence of stomach and intestinal ulcers. It may stop the effects of the anticoagulant and promote bleeding.

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