Arcoxia (Etoricoxib) is prescribed for the following
The doctor will prescribe Arcoxia only after the patient has used other medicines for the condition and they have not been suitable.
It is important that the patient should use the lowest dose that controls the pain and should not take Arcoxia for longer than necessary. This is because the risk of heart attacks and strokes might increase after prolonged treatment, especially with high doses.
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease. It results from the gradual breakdown of the cartilage that covers the joints and cushions the ends of bones. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, tenderness, stiffness of one or more joints, and physical disability. The hips and knees are the most commonly affected joints, but other joints such as those of the hands and spine may also be affected.
Osteoarthritis is more common in women than in men. Many factors can lead to the development of osteoarthritis including obesity and joint injury (eg. from sport).
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of function in the joints and inflammation in other body organs.
Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease of the spine and large joints.
Gout is a disorder characterised by sudden, recurring attacks of pain and inflammation in one or more joints.
Indications: Arcoxia (Etoricoxib) indicated to treat Acute and chronic treatment of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, management of ankylosing spondylitis, relief of chronic musculoskeletal pain, relief of acute pain, to treat acute gouty arthritis
The patient should take Arcoxia only when prescribed by the doctor.
Doses greater than those recommended for each condition have either not demonstrated additional efficacy or have not been studied. Therefore, the daily doses stated above for each condition should not be exceeded.
If the patient has mild liver disease, should not take more than 60 mg a day. If the patient has moderate liver disease, should not take more than 60 mg every other day.
All the directions given should be followed carefully.
Arcoxia comes as tablets. When taking the tablets, it should be swallowed them with a glass of water. The patient should not halve the tablet. The patient should try and take Arcoxia at about the same time each day. Taking Arcoxia at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help the patient to remember when to take the dose.
It does not matter if the patient takes Arcoxia before or after food.
For osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis Arcoxia helps relieve the symptoms but it does not cure it. The patient should continue taking Arcoxia for as long as the doctor prescribes.
For the relief of gout attacks or other types of pain, Arcoxia is usually only needed for a few days.
Arcoxia helps most people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, menstrual pain, gout or other types of pain, but it may have unwanted adverse effects in a few people. All medicines can have adverse effects. The various reported side effects of the medicine are:
Some medicines and Arcoxia may interfere with each other. These include:
If the patient takes too much Arcoxia (overdose) immediately doctor or Poisons Centre should be consulted or the patient should go to the emergency department at the nearest hospital, The patient should do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
The patient should tell the doctor his medical history, especially of: angina, heart attack or a blocked artery in the heart, narrow or blocked arteries of the extremities kidney disease, liver disease, heart failure, high blood pressure