| Vioxx |
This medication is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which relieves pain and swelling (inflammation). It is used to treat arthritis, menstrual pain or other acute pain. This drug may also be used to treat fever.
- Do not share this medication with others.
- Laboratory or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress.
- Store at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
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- HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: Take this drug by mouth, generally once daily as directed.
- To decrease the chance of stomach upset, this drug is best taken with food.
- Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
- Stomach upset or tiredness may occur.
- If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
- Unlikely but report promptly black or bloody stools, stomach pain, severe headache or a change in the amount of urine.
- Very unlikely but report promptly dark urine or yellowing eyes or skin.
- In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor your medical history, including any allergies (especially to aspirin/other NSAIDs); liver, kidney, or heart disease; stomach/intestinal ulcers or bleeding; history of smoking, alcoholism, asthma, high blood pressure; growths in the nose (e.g., nasal polyps); serious infections, swelling (edema), blood disorders (anemia) or poorly controlled diabetes.
- This medicine may cause stomach bleeding.
- Daily use of alcohol, especially when combined with this medicine, may increase your risk for stomach bleeding.
- Check with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
- Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly, as this group may be more sensitive to drug side effects.
- This medication should be used only when clearly needed during the first six months of pregnancy.
- It should not be used during the last three months of pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk.
- Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
- If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not double the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially medicines for high blood pressure (e.g., ACE Inhibitors such as lisinopril); "water pills" (diuretics such as furosemide or thiazides); other NSAIDs or aspirin (e.g., ibuprofen); lithium, methotrexate; corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone); rifamycins (e.g., rifampin) or "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin).
- Check all nonprescription medicine labels carefully, since many contain pain relievers/fever reducers (NSAIDs/aspirin) which are similar to this drug.
- Aspirin as prescribed by your doctor for reasons such as heart attack or stroke prevention (i.e., non- arthritis doses) should be continued.
- Consult your pharmacist.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.