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What is Generic Arcoxia? What is it used for?
Generic for Arcoxia (Etoricoxib) is Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID) used to treat following pain symptoms:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Acute gouty arthritis
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Acute pain
This drug may be used for other conditions as recommended by your doctor.
Working process of the Arcoxia - Etoricoxib
Arcoxia belongs to a group of medicines called Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) specific inhibitors also known as coxibs. The drug has been approved by more than 80 countries worldwide but not by FDA of United States of America. Our body produces two similar enzymes called COX -1 and COX-2. COX-1 is involved in protecting the stomach from ulcers while COX-2 plays an important role in joint inflammation and pain. Arcoxia reduces pain and inflammation by blocking the enzyme COX-2 in the body. However Arcoxia does not block COX-1 the enzyme that is involved in protecting the stomach from ulcers.
Method of dosage of Etoricoxib
Take the Arcoxia as prescribed by doctor. It is an oral drug to be taken with water. The recommended dose for osteoarthritis is 60mg per day, rheumatoid arthritis 90mg per day, ankylosing spondylitis 90mg per day, gout attacks 120mg per day and musculoskeletal pain 60mg per day. Daily doses stated for each condition should not be exceeded without doctor’s approval. If you have liver disease your Arcoxia dose may be altered based on the intensity of your disease. The instruction printed on the packaging of Arcoxia is standard and may not be applicable for you. It is therefore necessary to first consult your doctor/physician before taking the drug. Do not split the drug. Taking the drug daily on a specific time will give you best results in pain-management. You can take the drug either before or after taking your food. Do not take the drug longer than recommended by your health expert as you may expose yourself to the risk of heart attacks and strokes due to prolonged treatment with high doses. So self-medication with Arcoxia is dangerous for your health!
In case of missed dose - Etoricoxib
Take the dose when you remember. If you are approaching close to your next scheduled dose then skip the missed dose and carry on with the new dose. Do not take double dose to make up for the missed dose. Keep your doctor informed about the missed dose/s.
General side effects of Arcoxia - Etoricoxib
Some of the common side effects of Arcoxia have been listed below:
- Allergic reaction like rash, itching and hives
- Mouth ulcers
- Sudden increase in blood pressure
- Dip in platelets
Most of these effects vanish by their own without any medical intervention. If they persist for a longer time then you should inform your doctor.
Serious side effects of Arcoxia - Etoricoxib
You need to get in touch with your doctor in case you encounter the below listed side effects:
- Feeling sick (nausea) accompanied with vomiting
- Heartburn, indigestion, stomach ache
- Swelling of legs, ankles and feet
- High blood pressure
- Severe headache
Under circumstances stop taking Arcoxia and report to your nearest medical emergency centre for urgent help.
Some drugs that interact with Arcoxia are listed below. Take adequate precaution with the help of your physician or health expert.
- Warfarin, the drug used to prevent blood clots
- Rifampicin, an antibiotic used to treat TB
- ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers, drugs used to lower high blood pressure and treat heart failure
- Anti-depression pills
- Birth control pills
- Hormone replacement therapy
Precautions to be taken while taking Arcoxia -Etoricoxib
Make sure to take following precautions before you start with the dosage of Arcoxia. Share your medical history with your health expert.
- Report if you are allergic to NSAIDs, aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medicine
- Arcoxia is not recommended during late pregnancy. So inform your health expert if you plan to get pregnant or are already pregnant
- Inform doctor in case you breastfeed your infant. You may have to stop breastfeeding your baby during the course of drug. Check with your health expert.
- Report in case you have conditions viz. history of angina, heart attack, blocked artery, kidney failure, liver failure, heart failure or high blood pressure.
- Report if you have viral or bacterial infection
- Report if you have history of stroke or mild stroke