Vioxx is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Vioxx works by reducing substances that cause inflammation, pain, and fever in the body. Vioxx is used to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and certain forms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; to manage acute pain in adults; to treat migraines; and to treat menstrual pain.
The manufacturer of Vioxx has announced a voluntary withdrawal of the drug from the U.S. and worldwide market. This withdrawal is due to safety concerns of an increased risk of cardiovascular events (including heart attack and stroke) in patients taking Vioxx
Notify your doctor immediately if you develop abdominal pain, tenderness, or discomfort; nausea; blood in your vomit; bloody, black, or tarry stools; unexplained weight gain; swelling or water retention; fatigue or lethargy; a skin rash; itching; yellowing of your skin or eyes;”flu-like” symptoms; or unusual bruising or bleeding. These symptoms could be early signs of dangerous side effects.
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Vioxx and seek medical treatment or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- abdominal pain, tenderness, or discomfort;
- bloody, black, or tarry stools;
- nausea or heartburn;
- blood in your vomit;
- unexplained weight gain;
- swelling or water retention;
- unusual fatigue or lethargy;
- a skin rash or itching;
- yellowing of your skin or eyes;
- “flu-like” symptoms; or
- unusual bruising or bleeding.
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