Etoricoxib is used to treat the 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.
How it works
Etoricoxib belongs to a group of medication called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins, which are pain causing chemicals specifically at the site of inflammation in the body.
Common side effects
Feeling dizzy, Headache, Swollen ankles and legs, Abdominal pain, Palpitations, Fatigue, Stomach upset, Indigestion, Fluid retention, Increase in liver enzyme, High blood pressure, Constipation, Diarrhea
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
Q. 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. Is etoricoxib banned/FDA approved/banned in India/available in Canada?
Etoricoxib is not approved by the FDA and is not marketed in Canada. It is not banned in India and is available here.
Q. Can I take Arcoxia for migraine/headache/toothache? How long can I take Arcoxia?
Arcoxia is the brand name for etoricoxib. It cannot be taken for migraine/headache/toothache. 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.
Q. 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. Does etoricoxib work? Is it safe?
Etoricoxib is safe when taken for an indication and at the dosage prescribed by the doctor.
Q. Should etoricoxib be taken by pregnant or breast-feeding women?
There are no studies in pregnant or breast feeding women showing safety of this drug. Animal studies show that it may cause reproductive toxicity, and also excretion in breast milk. Follow the doctor’s instructions clearly for use of etoricoxib in pregnancy or during breast-feeding.
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