Etoricoxib is used to help relieve pain and inflammation in ankylosing spondylitis (inflammation in joints of your spine), osteoarthritis (joint pain or swelling disorder), rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation in joints of fingers, wrist, feet, ankles), or gouty arthritis (sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in the joints).
It may also be used to treat pain associated with dental procedures.
This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
Take Etoricoxib exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the dose and course of your treatment depending on your condition and response to the medication.
You may stop taking this medicine when you have no more pain and inflammation.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Do not take this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Etoricoxib, other similar medicines for pain and inflammation such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or aspirin.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- active stomach ulcer or bleeding
- inflammation of the bowel (large or small intestines)
- heart diseases e.g. heart failure, heart attack
- uncontrolled high blood pressure
- narrow or blocked arteries
- severe liver disease
- serious kidney disease
as Etoricoxib may not be suitable for you.
Do not take Etoricoxib if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Etoricoxib may cause harm to your unborn child.
Do not give this medicine to children below 16 years old unless instructed to do so by the doctor.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- history of stomach ulcer or bleeding
- risk factors for heart diseases e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol levels in the blood, smoking
- mild to moderate liver disease
- swelling due to fluid retention
Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Etoricoxib to an elderly. Elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects.
If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery or dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Etoricoxib.
Avoid long-term use of any painkillers.
Your blood pressure may rise to unsafe levels without you noticing it. Routine monitoring of your blood pressure may be needed while you are being treated with this medicine.
Etoricoxib may cause drowsiness or dizziness (with or without spinning sensation). If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects include any of the following: headache, diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pain or discomfort, nausea, vomiting, stomach wind, indigestion, heartburn (food or acid from your stomach backs up into your mouth, leaving a sour or bitter taste), mouth sore, tiredness or weakness, flu-like illness.
Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
- pass out blood or black, tarry stools or vomit coffee-ground-like vomitus
- rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes accompanied by fever
- wheezing or shortness of breath
- fast or irregular heartbeat
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop taking Etoricoxib and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin, aspirin
- water pills
- medicines for high blood pressure e.g. captopril, minoxidil
- medicines for TB (infection known as tuberculosis) e.g. rifampicin
- birth control pills e.g. ethinylestradiol
- asthma medicine e.g. salbutamol (oral)
- lithium (medicine to treat depression)
- methotrexate (medicine to treat arthritis or cancer)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Etoricoxib.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.