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Parecoxib

INFORMATION

Uses

Parecoxib is used in the treatment of post operative pain.

How it works

Parecoxib belongs to class of medications called cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors. It works by inhibiting the enzyme COX-2 that reduces the formation of chemicals called prostaglandins in the body, thereby reducing pain and inflammation.

Common side effects

Decreased urination, Peripheral edema, Postoperative anemia, Abdominal pain, Agitation, Back pain, Constipation, Decreased blood pressure, Dizziness, Reduced sense of touch, Decreased potassium level in blood, Increased creatinine level in blood, Increased blood pressure, Increased sweating, Indigestion, Insomnia, Itching, Respiratory distress, Sore throat, Teeth inflammation, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Parecoxib can make you dizzy, it is advised not to drive or use heavy machinery until you feel better.
  • Do not take parecoxib and consult your doctor if you have any of the following medical condition: bleeding, ulcer or perforation of gastrointestinal tract, diabetes, angina (chest pain), blood clots, fever, raised cholesterol, high blood pressure, fluid retention (edema), liver or kidney disease.
  • Avoid smoking while on parecoxib treatment.
  • Do not start parecoxib and consult your doctor if you are dehydrated or unable to drink fluids, are planning to become pregnant or are ?6 months pregnant.
  • Stop taking parecoxib if you suffer from rash or ulceration in any part of body or suffer from allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, skin rash, swelling of tongue, face or lips which may lead to wheezing), blistering or peeling of skin, jaundice, or if you have signs of stomach or intestinal bleeding (vomiting blood or passing a black or blood stained stool).

Frequently asked questions

Parecoxib

Q.What is parecoxib used for?
Parecoxib is used in adults for short term treatment of pain after surgery

Q.How does parecoxib work?
Parecoxib belongs to class of medications called cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors. It works by inhibiting the enzyme COX-2 that reduces the formation of chemicals called prostaglandins in the body, thereby reducing pain and inflammation.


Content on this page was last updated on 21 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)