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Etoricoxib

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Uses

Etoricoxib is used in pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout
It should be used in patients of 16 years of age and older.

How it works

Etoricoxib blocks the release of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for pain and inflammation (redness and swelling).

Common side effects

Stomach pain, Edema, Arrhythmia, Palpitations, Dizziness, Headache, Increased blood pressure, Constipation

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Expert advice

Do not take etoricoxib, if you are allergic to etoricoxib or COX-2 inhibitors Consult your doctor before taking etoricoxib.
  • If you had have a history of stomach ulcers and bleeding.
  • If you are above 65 years of age.
  • If you are have diabetes or high cholesterol or you smoke.
Women who are pregnant or breast feeding should consult the doctor before taking this medication.

Frequently asked questions

Etoricoxib

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Is etoricoxib an NSAID/steroid/pain killer?
Etoricoxib belongs to a class of medication called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which relieve pain and swelling due to diseases affecting the muscles, joints and tendons, like strains, gout, ankylosing spondylitis or arthritis as well as mild to moderate pain during dental operations. It is not a steroid

Q.

Can I take Arcoxia for migraine/headache/toothache?
Arcoxia is the brand name for etoricoxib. It cannot be taken for migraine/headache/toothache

Q.

How long can I take Arcoxia?
It is recommended for post-operative dental surgery pain. It should be taken only if prescribed by the doctor. Arcoxia should be taken only as long as the doctor prescribes it

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Can I take ibuprofen/ tramadol / naproxen /Panadol (paracetamol)/warfarin /Celebrex (celecoxib)/ aspirin /antibiotics (e.g. rifampicin, streptomycin)/colchicine with etoricoxib?
Etoricoxib should not be taken with other pain-relieving medicines belonging to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) class like ibuprofen/ / naproxen / Panadol (paracetamol)/ /Celebrex (celecoxib)/ aspirin, as it increases the risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding. Etoricoxib should not be taken with blood-thinning medication like warfarin, as it increases the risk of bleeding from areas such as ulcers in the stomach or gut. Etoricoxib may be often prescribed with strong pain-killers like tramadol for severe pain. There is no data showing serious interactions between colchicine, antibiotics (e.g. rifampicin, streptomycin) and etoricoxib. Any drug combination with etoricoxib should be taken only as per instructions from the doctor

Q.

Is it safe?
Etoricoxib is safe when taken for an indication and at the dosage prescribed by the doctor.


Content on this page was last updated on 25 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)