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Information about the drug Vioxx

What is Vioxx Drug used for?

Vioxx Drug is used to relieve:

  • Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • Acute pain in adults
  • Painful menstrual cycles.

Who should not take Vioxx Drug?

You should not take Vioxx if you have experienced asthma, hives, or allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). A few examples of other NSAIDs are ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, nabumetone, and ketoprofen.

Special Vioxx Drug Warnings:

Serious problems from stomach ulcers, such as bleeding, are well-known complications in people treated with NSAIDs. Similar problems have occurred in people treated with Vioxx, although very rarely. The likelihood of stomach problems increases the longer you take drugs like Vioxx. However, even short-term treatment is not without risk. These problems can happen without any warning, but in some people may cause symptoms such as gnawing or burning stomach pain, black or tarry stools, or vomiting. If this happens, stop taking Vioxx and call your health care provider right away.

Check with your health care provider. Vioxx Drug may not be right for you, if you:

  • have had ulcers or stomach bleeding
  • have had asthma, hives, or allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs
  • have severe kidney problems
  • have severe liver problems
  • are pregnant

General Precautions with Vioxx Drug:

Do not stop taking any medications that you have been prescribed without first talking to your doctor.

Serious problems such as liver damage have occurred in people treated with NSAIDs. Some of the warning signs of liver damage can be nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, itching, yellow coloring of skin or eyes, "flu-like" symptoms and dark urine. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your health care provider right away.

Vioxx can cause your body to retain fluid and swell. Your health care provider will decide if Vioxx is right for you, if you:

  • retain fluids
  • have high blood pressure
  • have heart failure

If you have asthma, you may have aspirin-sensitive asthma. If an aspirin-sensitive asthmatic takes aspirin it can cause severe narrowing of the airway (bronchospasm), and even death. Since this type of reaction to aspirin and other NSAIDs have occurred in aspirin-sensitive patients, Vioxx should not be given to aspirin-sensitive patients.

The safety and effectiveness of Vioxx in patients below the age of 18 years has not been determined.

What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?


Tell your health care provider if you are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breast-feeding.

Because certain other medications can interact with the drug Vioxx, review all medications that you are taking with your health care provider, including those that you take without a prescription.

Your health care provider may have to adjust your dose or monitor you more closely if you take:

  • certain blood pressure medications called ACE-inhibitors
  • furosemide
  • lithium
  • methotrexate
  • rifampin
  • warfarin
  • aspirin

Avoid taking Vioxx Drug with antacids that contain calcium carbonate and magnesium/aluminum combination products, because they may reduce the amount of Vioxx your body absorbs.

What are some possible side effects of the drug Vioxx? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Vioxx Drug. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)

Side effects of the drug Vioxx can include:

  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Swelling of the lower legs or feet
  • High blood pressure
  • Rarely, serious ulcers have occurred in patients taking Vioxx.

This content has been reprinted from the FDA website.

Celebrex Information

What is the drug Celebrex used for?

Celebrex is used to

  • relieve the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in adults.
  • reduce the number of colorectal polyps in patients with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). FAP is an inherited disorder in which the rectum and colon are covered with many polyps. Celebrex should be used along with the usual care for FAP patients such as surgery and monitoring of the lower gastrointestinal tract.
  • Celebrex has not been shown to reduce colorectal, duodenal or other FAP-related cancers. It is not known whether the effects of Celebrex will last after treatment is stopped. The efficacy and safety of Celebrex treatment in FAP patients beyond six months has not been studied. Therefore, the usual care of FAP patients should not be altered because of the concurrent administration of Celebrex. In particular, the frequency of routine endoscopic surveillance should not be decreased and prophylactic colectomy or other FAP-related surgeries should not be delayed.

Who should not take the drug Celebrex?

You should not take Celebrex if you:

  • have had an allergic-type reaction to sulfa drugs
  • have had asthma, hives or allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). A few examples of NSAIDs are ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, nabumetone, and ketoprofen.

Special Celebrex Drug Warnings:

Serious problems from stomach ulcers such as bleeding are recognized complications in people treated with NSAID's. Similar problems have occurred in people treated with Celebrex, although very rarely. The likelihood of stomach problems increases the longer you take drugs like Celebrex. However, even short-term treatment is not without risk. These problems can happen without any warning, but in some people may cause symptoms such as gnawing or burning stomach pain, black or tarry stools, or vomiting. If this happens, stop taking Celebrex and call your health care provider right away.

Check with your health care provider. Celebrex may not be right for you, if you:

  • have had ulcers or stomach bleeding
  • have had asthma, hives or allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs
  • have severe kidney problems
  • have severe liver problems
  • are pregnant

General Precautions with the drug Celebrex:

Do not stop taking any medications that you have been prescribed without first talking to you doctor.

Serious problems such as liver damage have occurred in people treated with NSAIDs. Some of the warning signs of liver damage can be nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, itching, yellow coloring of skin or eyes, "flu-like" symptoms and dark urine. If this happens call your health care provider right away.

Celebrex can cause fluid retention and swelling in some patients. Check with your health care provider to see if Celebrex is right for you, if you:

  • retain fluids
  • have high blood pressure
  • have heart failure

If you have asthma, you may have aspirin-sensitive asthma. If an aspirin-sensitive asthmatic takes aspirin it can cause severe narrowing of the airway (bronchospasm), and even death. Since such reactions to aspirin and other NSAIDs have occurred in aspirin-sensitive patients, Celebrex should not be given to aspirin-sensitive patients.

The safety and effectiveness of Celebrex in patients below the age of 18 years has not been determined.

Avoid taking Celebrex with antacids that contain calcium carbonate and magnesium/aluminum combination products, because they may reduce the amount of Celebrex your body absorbs.

What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?

  • Tell your health care provider if you are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
  • Because certain medications may interact with NSAIDs or Celebrex, review all medications that you take with your health care provider, including those that you take without a prescription.
  • Your health care provider may have to adjust your dose or monitor you more closely if you take:
    • certain blood pressure medications called ACE-inhibitors
    • furosemide
    • fluconazole
    • lithium
    • warfarin
    • aspirin

What are some possible side effects of Celebrex? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Celebrex. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)

Side effects can include:

  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Rarely serious ulcers have occurred in patients taking Celebrex.

For more Vioxx side effects information, contact us to speak with a Vioxx Lawyer!

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