Please Note: This drug was removed from the US Market in September 2004.
GENERIC NAME: ROFECOXIB - ORAL (row-feh-COX-ib)
BRAND NAME(S): Vioxx
USES: This medication is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), specifically a COX-2 inhibitor, which relieves pain and swelling (inflammation). It is used to treat arthritis, acute pain, acute migraine attacks (with or without aura), and menstrual pain and discomfort. This drug works by blocking the enzyme in your body that makes prostaglandins. Decreasing prostaglandins helps to reduce pain and swelling. This drug has been withdrawn from the U.S. market due to safety or effectiveness problems.
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