Arcoxia Etoricoxib and/or alternatives
Etoricoxib is the generic name for Arcoxia and it is available in the form of tablets. It contain inactive ingredients like calcium hydrogen phosphate (anhydrous), lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, croscarmellose sodium, carnauba wax, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, and glycerol triacetate. The Arcoxia 30 mg, 60 mg and 120 mg tablets also contain indigo carmine lake and yellow ferric oxide. You can buy Arcoxia only with a doctor’s prescription.
Indications & Dosage of Arcoxia
Arcoxia is prescribed for treatment of both acute and chronic symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is also administered for management of ankylosing spondylitis, to provide relief from chronic musculoskeletal pain and acute pain, and for treatment of acute gouty arthritis.
The recommended dosage for adults suffering from osteoarthritis is Arcoxia 30 mg once a day. Depending on the condition of the patient, the dosage can be increased to Arcoxia 60 mg once daily. The recommended dosage for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis is Arcoxia 90 mg once daily. For patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, the recommended dosage is Arcoxia 90 mg once daily and the dosage for those who need relief from acute pain and gout attacks is Arcoxia 120 mg once daily. Patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain are recommended Arcoxia 60 mg once daily. Tablets need to be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
Side Effects & Interactions of Arcoxia
Administration of Arcoxia can lead to mild or moderate side effects with clearly visible symptoms. Some of the side effects caused by Arcoxia include:
- Lower and upper back pain
- Mild to severe headache
- Pain in the stomach and indigestion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Drowsiness and dizziness
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Swelling of the legs, ankles or feet
- High levels of potassium in the blood
- Weakness and tiredness
- Sleeping trouble and insomnia
- Changes in taste
- Blurred vision
- Confusion and depression
There are some adverse effects of Arcoxia and if you see the following symptoms, discontinue the treatment and inform your doctor.
- Abnormal rhythm of the heart
- Hypersensitivity reactions
- Anaphylactoid reactions like shock
- Serious kidney problems
- Serious liver problems
- Stomach pain and ulcers
- Decrease in platelets
- Elevated blood pressure levels
- Severe skin reactions
- Increased tendency to bleed
Arcoxia is known to interact with other medicines like warfarin, ACE inhibitors, water pills, angiotensin receptor blockers, aspirin, lithium, hormone replacement therapy drugs, birth control pills, methotrexate, and rifampicin among others.
Warnings & Precautions of Arcoxia
Etoricoxib is known to cause harm to the fetus and it is advised that you not buy Arcoxia without consulting your doctor during pregnancy. There is no data available that supports the excretion of Etoricoxib into breast milk but most doctors suggest that breastfeeding mothers avoid Arcoxia during breastfeeding. Overdose of Arcoxia is not recommended. If you become pregnant or are planning a pregnancy consult your doctor before beginning treatment.
You need to discuss your medical history with the doctor prior to using Arcoxia. You need to inform your doctor if you have undergone surgery or if you:
- Have high blood pressure
- Have a history or history of angina or heart attack
- Have history of kidney or liver disease
- Have a history of ulcers or stomach bleeding
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