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).
You need to take Retoz as long as your doctor recommends to take 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 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 Retoz be taken?
Take Retoz exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow it whole with a glass of water. Retoz 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 Retoz cause sleepiness?
In some patients Retoz causes sleepiness, feeling of spinning (vertigo), and dizziness. If one experiences these symptoms then driving or operating machinery should be avoided.
Q. Does Retoz have any effect on birth control pills?
Taking Retoz 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 Retoz?
Aspirin can be taken in low doses when you are using it for prevention of stroke and heart attack. You should not stop low-dose aspirin without talking to your doctor. It is advised that while taking Retoz 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 Retoz take to work?
Pain relief has been observed after about 4 hours of starting Retoz. Full effect may take a little longer and may vary from person to person.
Q. Is Retoz a painkiller?
Yes, Retoz 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 Retoz bad for kidneys?
People with impaired kidney function or with severe heart failure or severe liver problems (liver cirrhosis) needs to be careful while taking Retoz since the medicine can further impair the function. Uncommon side effects of Retoz related to kidneys include proteins in urine, serum creatinine increased, and kidney failure.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.