Information about Etoricoxib

Etoricoxib Uses

Etoricoxib is used for pain relief. It relieves pain and inflammation in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and osteoarthritis.

How Etoricoxib works

Etoricoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called COX-2 inhibitors. It works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for pain and inflammation (redness and swelling).

Common side effects of Etoricoxib

Flu-like symptoms, Diarrhea, Flatulence, Headache, Dizziness, Palpitations, Vomiting, Nausea, Edema (swelling), Abdominal pain, High blood pressure, Stomach inflammation, Constipation, Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, Dyspepsia, Oral ulcer, Dry socket, Increased alanine aminotransferase, Increased aspartate aminotransferase, Ecchymosis (discoloration of the skin resulting from bleeding underneath), Weakness
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Expert advice for Etoricoxib

  • Etoricoxib helps relieve pain and inflammation.
  • It may cause fewer stomach problems as compared to other NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen.
  • It may cause dizziness and fatigue. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Do not consume alcohol while on treatment with this medicine as it may cause excessive drowsiness.
  • Regularly monitor your blood pressure while taking this medicine, particularly in the first two weeks after starting treatment.
  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of stomach ulcers, heart diseases, high blood pressure, and liver or kidney disease.
  • During long-term treatment, your doctor may want to take regular blood tests to monitor your liver function.
  • Do not take Etoricoxib if you are pregnant, planning to conceive, or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for Etoricoxib


Q. How long do I need to take Etoricoxib?

You need to take Etoricoxib as long as your doctor recommends taking it. For dental pain, it is usually prescribed for 3 days, but if it is being used for acute pain conditions then it should be given as long as the pain lasts and not exceeding 8 days. Usually, for arthritis, it is prescribed for long-term use, which may vary from person to person.

Q. How should Etoricoxib be taken?

Take Etoricoxib exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow it whole with a glass of water. Etoricoxib can be taken with or without food. Taking the medicine without food can enhance the working of the medicine. Furthermore, do not exceed the dose recommended by your doctor.

Q. Does Etoricoxib cause sleepiness?

In some patients Etoricoxib causes sleepiness, feeling of spinning (vertigo), and dizziness. If one experiences these symptoms then driving or operating machinery should be avoided.

Q. Does Etoricoxib have any effect on birth control pills?

Taking Etoricoxib with birth control pills and hormonal replacement therapy may increase the chances of side effects. Hence, consult the doctor who will suggest an alternative method of birth control.

Q. Can I take aspirin while taking Etoricoxib?

Aspirin can be taken in low doses when you are using it for the prevention of stroke and heart attack. You should not stop low-dose aspirin without talking to your doctor. It is advised that while taking Etoricoxib you should not take high doses of aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medicines, as they may increase your risk of stomach ulcers.

Q. How long does Etoricoxib take to work?

Pain relief has been observed after about 4 hours of starting Etoricoxib. Full effect may take a little longer and may vary from person to person.

Q. Is Etoricoxib a painkiller?

Yes, Etoricoxib is a pain killer. It helps to reduce pain and inflammation in the joints and muscles due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and gout. It is also used to relieve dental pain after dental surgery.

Q. Is Etoricoxib bad for kidneys?

People with impaired kidney function or with severe heart failure or severe liver problems (liver cirrhosis) need to be careful while taking Etoricoxib since the medicine can further impair the function. The uncommon side effects of Etoricoxib related to kidneys include proteins in urine, serum creatinine increased, and kidney failure.


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