Arcoxia (Etoricoxib) is a COX-2 inhibitor which works by decreasing joint (or muscular) inflammation and pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. It can also be used for symptoms of gout and to provide short term relief for pain occurring due to dental procedures. This medicine is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by blocking cyclo-oxygenase, thereby leading to a reduced production of prostaglandins (lipid compounds believed to act as mediators of inflammation), which in turn helps to treat symptoms such as pain and inflammation. The main difference when compared to other NSAIDs is the reduced activity against COX-1, which may help reduce the gastrointestinal side effects commonly associated with other related medicines.
- Dizzy sensation
- A tired and weak feeling
- Pain that affects the stomach
It is also important to note that other side effects might be experienced. Consult your physician straight away if you suffer from hallucinations, feelings of confusion, increased blood pressure or any other side effects which have not been listed here.
This medicine might cause an increased risk of strokes or heart attacks. Therefore, your physician will need to consider this before treatment can commence, and patients considered to be at risk may be told not to take it.