Rofecoxib

How It Works:

Rofecoxib belongs to a group of medicines called COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by inhibiting certain chemical called prostaglandin which is responsible for pain and inflammation.

Side Effects:

serious allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting and upset stomach, jaundice and liver failure., heartburn, heart attacks, stomach and intestinal bleeding, including hepatitis, tiredness, high blood pressure, severe liver problems, swelling of the legs and/or feet, stomach pain, Respiratory infections, diarrhea, back pain, dizziness, headache, kidney failure and worsening of chronic kidney failure, urinary tract infection

Used For:

Rofecoxib is used to relieve the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis (a type of joint disease that causes stiffness, pain and loss of joint movement) and rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in hands and feet). It is also used to treat menstrual pain, migraine headache attacks with or without aura.

Instructions:

  • Inform your doctor before taking the drug if you are allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs.
  • Stop taking rofecoxib and seek immediate medical attention if you develop: abdominal pain, tenderness, or discomfort; nausea; blood in your vomit; bloody, black, or tarry stools; unexplained weight gain; swelling or water retention; fatigue or lethargy; a skin rash; itching; yellowing of your skin or eyes; or unusual bruising or bleeding.
  • Tell your doctor if you have asthma, stomach problems such as ulcers or bleeding, kidney disease, liver disease, angina (chest pain), heart attack, or a blocked artery in the heart, heart failure, high blood pressure.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is rofecoxib safe in pregnancy?Rofecoxib should only be used if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the baby. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use. 
Q. Is it safe to use rofecoxib during breastfeeding?Rofecoxib should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the infant. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is rofecoxib a narcotic?No, rofecoxib is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Q. Is rofecoxib deadly?Rofecoxib is relatively safe if used as prescribed. In case of any side-effects, please consult your doctor.
Q. How does rofecoxib work?Rofecoxib belongs to a group of medicines called COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by inhibiting certain chemical called prostaglandin which is responsible for pain and inflammation.
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