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Bextra

Why is Bextra prescribed?

Bextra is a painkiller used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, painful menstruation and other types of acute pain. It is a member of the family of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's) called "COX-2 inhibitors." Other drugs in this family include Celebrex and Vioxx.

Bextra is believed to fight pain and inflammation by inhibiting the effect of a natural enzyme called COX-2. COX-2 inhibitors offer many of the same benefits as aspirin. However, they do not share its blood-thinning effects.

The generic name for Bextra is Valdecoxib.

Is Bextra Dangerous?

Yes.

Bextra has been pulled off the market because it is believed to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. It might also cause stomach and intestinal bleeding. Some symptoms of side effects are stomach discomfort or black, tarry stools.

If you believe you have experienced negative side effects of Bextra, you should contact your doctor and an attorney immediately.

Common less harmful side effects of Bextra are:

  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

Emergency Symptoms of Bextra

Some side effects of Bextra need immediate medical care. Stop taking Bextra and call your doctor immediately if you get:

  • a burning stomach pain
  • black bowel movements that look like tar
  • vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds

What should you do if you are currently taking Bextra?

If you are currently taking Bextra, call your physician. Pfizer’s advice to Bextra users: “For now, patients should stop taking Bextra and contact their physicians about appropriate treatment options.”

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