Etoricoxib: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions
COMMON BRAND(S): Arcoxia
What is Etoricoxib?
Etoricoxib, sold under the trade name Arcoxia among others. Unbranded etoricoxib tablets are also available. An anti-inflammatory drug prescribed to reduce inflammation (swelling) and relieve pain in arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
It is also set to relieve short-term pain after gout attacks and dental surgery.
How does Etoricoxib work?
Etoricoxib is a type of drug called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking the action of an enzyme in the body called cyclo-oxygenase (COX).
COX is involved in making substances in the body known as prostaglandins, in response to injury and in conditions like arthritis. Prostaglandins cause pain, swelling and swelling. Etoricoxib reduces inflammation and pain by reducing the production of these prostaglandins.
Etoricoxib will begin to relieve pain after a single dose, but its anti-inflammatory effect is made in a few weeks to take it regularly.
Major & minor side effects for Etoricoxib
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet
- Difficult and painful breathing
- Yellowing of skin and eyes
- Blurred vision
- Heart rhythm disorders
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Usage while breast-feeding?
All medicines interact separately for the person from person to person. Before starting any medication, you should check with your doctor all possible interactions.
Interaction with Alcohol
Description – Conversation with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Instructions – Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
- Ethinyl Estradiol
Fluid Retention and Edema
Etoricoxib should be used with caution in patients with fluid retention and edema, as this can worsen the patient’s condition. Monitoring and monitoring of level of electrolytes is recommended for such patients. Depending on the clinical situation, replacement may be necessary with appropriate dosage adjustment or with a suitable option.
Etoricoxib should be used in patients with any heart-related conditions with utmost care, because this can worsen the condition of the patient. Before taking this medicine, tell the doctor any incidence of stroke, heart attack, heart failure etc. Depending on the clinical situation, replacement may be required with a suitable option.
Etoricoxib should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from liver function weakness, thereby increasing the risk of the patient’s condition worsening. For such patients, close monitoring of liver function is recommended. Depending on the clinical situation, replacement may be required with proper dose adjustment or with a suitable option.
Pregnancy –Etoricoxib is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medication. Your doctor can write a safe alternative based on your diagnostic condition.
Breastfeeding – Etoricoxib is not recommended for use in lactating women unless absolutely necessary. All risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medication. Your doctor may advise you to breastfeed or stop the medication based on your diagnostic condition.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. The missed dosage should be left out, if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose. Do not double your dose for missed one.
If you are suspected of over dose, contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include skin rashes, delusions, chest pain, blurred vision etc.
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