Arcoxia is a medication used in the treatment of arthritis. It’s is approved for use in more than 80 countries, but not in the U.S.
How It Works
Arcoxia is the trade name for Etoricoxib, a selective COX-2 inhibitor. This drug belongs to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Arcoxia can inhibit enzymes that cause pain and swelling in the body, especially in bones and joints. However, unlike other NSAIDs, Arcoxia does not block the enzyme that protects the stomach from ulcers.
Arcoxia is mainly prescribed to manage swelling and pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also be prescribed to manage ankylosing spondylitis and acute gouty arthritis. Arcoxia is sometimes given to relieve acute pain or relieve chronic pain in musculoskeletal parts of the body associated with other problems.
Arcoxia is approved for use in many countries. However, the FDA has not approved this drug for use in the United States. The FDA has cited safety issues pertaining to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems when taking this drug.
The dose of Arcoxia will vary depending on the patient’s condition. Your doctor will prescribe you the right dosage of this medication. The typical dosage of Arcoxia for osteoarthritis is 60 mg per day. For ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis, the recommended dose is 90 mg per day.
Take Arcoxia just as your doctor tells you to take it. Do not stop taking this drug before the recommended period ends.
Do not take Arcoxia in greater amounts than prescribed to relieve pain. This drug is not known to relieve pain better in high doses. You may increase your risk for getting severe side effects when you take Arcoxia in higher than prescribed doses.
You can take this drug before or after meals.
Dosage is lowered for patients with liver disease. If you have moderate liver disease, your daily dose should not exceed 60 mg per day.
Swallow Arcoxia tablets whole with a glass of water if needed. Take this medication the same time each day to help you remember the treatment schedule.
Arcoxia may cause any of the following side effects:
Uncomfortable feeling or pain in the stomach
Swelling of the lower legs, including ankles and feet
High blood pressure
Report side effects that get worse or persist immediately to a doctor.
Do not take Arcoxia if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients. If you are allergic to other NSAIDS, you may be allergic to this medication as well.
Patients with a history of heart disease and stroke (including heart failure, heart attack, chest pain, peripheral arterial disease and transient ischaemic attack) should not take Arcoxia. Ask your doctor if Arcoxia is safe to take considering your medical history.
If you have an infection, be aware that Arcoxia can mask symptoms of an infection, making you believe that the infection has cleared when it’s not.
When taking this medication, it’s important to eat healthy and exercise to fully manage your condition. Arcoxia does not cure arthritis.