Arcoxia (etoricoxib)

What is Arcoxia?

Arcoxia tablets contain an active ingredient called etoricoxib. It’s prescribed by doctors to help relieve symptoms of gout, dental pain, some types of arthritis, and other forms of inflammation, including sports injuries.

Etoricoxib is classed as a “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug” (NSAID). It is related to other anti-inflammatory medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen, and it is thought to be less likely to give you stomach upsets than some other anti-inflammatories. However, it is not free of side effects and this is why it is only available on prescription.

How to take Arcoxia?

Please ensure you have fully read the enclosed leaflet before starting your course of Arcoxia tablets. Arcoxia is available in strengths of 30mg, 60mg, 90mg, and 120mg of etoricoxib per tablet. The effects are relatively long-lasting, so you only need to take one tablet each day. You should take the lowest strength that helps to relieve your symptoms, for the shortest duration of time necessary.

Arcoxia tablets can be taken with or without food, although they may work quicker when taken on an empty stomach – try to take them at around the same time each day.

While you are taking Arcoxia, it is recommended that you also take a medicine to protect your stomach against irritation. We would suggest either omeprazole 20mg capsules (one daily), or Zoton FasTab 30mg (lansoprazole) orodispersible tablets (one daily) – these are available from our Online Doctor Service.

Is Arcoxia suitable for me?

There are certain situations where Arcoxia, should be used with caution or would not be recommended – this is common across most medicines.

Arcoxia may not be suitable for patients under 16 or over 65, smokers or those with a peptic ulcer or any other bleeding in their gut. Those who have had a reaction in the past to aspirin or other anti-inflammatories, or suffer from heart disease or heart failure should also be aware this treatment might not be for them.

Other conditions for which Arcoxia is not recommend includean uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, high levels of lipids (fats) in the blood, liver or kidney problems, and inflammatory bowel disease. Those suffering from breathing problems including asthma; and people who are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients may also be advised either against the treatment, or to use it with caution.

If you are taking any other medication – either that which you have bought from a pharmacy or chemist, or that your doctor has prescribed – please raise this during your consultation. Taking Arcoxia can potentially cause issues when mixed with other treatments, including aspirin, any other anti-inflammatory medicines, warfarin and other anti-coagulants. Lithium and medicines for heart and circulation conditions including high blood pressure can also cause problems when taken alongside Arcoxia.

If you are, think you might be, or are trying to become pregnant, do not take Arcoxia. The same advice applies if you’re breastfeeding.

Inform your doctor if the Arcoxia treatment isn’t working, as a different treatment may be more effective. To ensure Acroxia is the most suitable option for your needs, your doctor needs complete access to all your details in order to make recommendations.

What are the side effects of Arcoxia?

Taking Arcoxia has the potential to cause a range of side effects, although not all patients will experience them.

Side effects that are considered common include indigestion and stomach upsets, constipation or diarrhoea. You may also feel dizzy or tired, or be susceptible to headaches, flu-like symptoms, swollen ankles, bruising, and raising of blood pressure.

Although less common, some side effects may include skin rashes or itching, muscle pains or cramps, chest pain, or coughing. Stop taking Arcoxia and consult with your doctor if you experience side effects that are persistent or troublesome.

You’ll find all a full list of side effects and other relevant information enclosed in the patient information leaflet. Find this provided with the Arcoxia, or you can view it online here.

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