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Vioxx

Why is Vioxx prescribed?

Vioxx, (pronounced: VYE-ox) 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 Bextra.

Vioxx 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 vioxx is Rofecoxib.

Is Vioxx Dangerous?

Yes.

Vioxx has been pulled off the market because it is believed to increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and liver problems. 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 Vioxx, you should contact your doctor and an attorney immediately.

Common less harmful side effects of Vioxx are:

Emergency Symptoms

Some side effects of Vioxx need immediate medical care.

If you develop swelling of the face, tongue, and throat, or begin to have difficulty breathing after taking a dose of Vioxx, seek medical help immediately. You may be having a serious allergic reaction to the drug.

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