I was reading through the MyRACentral News Page the other day and an article about Celebrex caught my eye. Celebrex is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) in the COX-2 inhibitor family. A similar drug, Vioxx, manufactured by rival company Merck, was withdrawn from the market in September 2004 because of increased risk of serious blood clotting, heart attacks and strokes. Three months later the FDA asked Pfizer to voluntarily stop all direct-to-consumer advertising of Celebrex. A few months later, Pfizer also pulled its drug, Bextra, from the market in early 2005, because of a link to a serious skin disorder. Although Pfizer has not advertised, Celebrex has remained on the market because the FDA determined that the benefits of the drug outweigh the significant risks. I haven’t seen the new media or print ads yet, but I think the new spin on the risks that is discussed in the news article is interesting. Apparently, Pfizer begins the...
Generic Name: CELECOXIB - ORAL Pronounced: (sell-eh-COX-ib) Celebrex Oral Interactions
Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any
possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start,
stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them
This drug should not be used with the following medication
because very serious interactions may occur:
If you are currently using the medication listed above,
tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting celecoxib.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use,
anti-platelet drugs (e.g., cilostazol,
high blood pressure drugs (including ACE inhibitors such as
captopril, lisinopril and angiotensin II receptor blockers such as losartan,
oral bisphosphonates (e.g., alendronate)
Generic Name: NAPROXEN SUSTAINED-RELEASE - ORAL Pronounced: (nah-PROX-en) Naproxen sodium Oral Uses
Naproxen is used to relieve pain from various conditions
such as headache, muscle aches, dental pain, menstrual cramps, or arthritis. It
is also used to reduce fever and relieve minor aches and pain due to the common
cold or flu. This medication is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
(NSAID). It works by blocking your body's production of certain natural
substances that cause inflammation. This effect helps to decrease swelling,
pain, or fever.
If you are treating a chronic condition such as arthritis,
ask your doctor about non-drug treatments and/or using other medications to
treat your pain. See also Warning section.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12
years unless directed by a doctor.
How To Use Naproxen sodium Oral
Read all directions on the product package before taking
this medication. If you ...
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