VALDECOXIB 10MG-ORAL, Bextra (cont.)

USES: Valdecoxib is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve pain and swelling (inflammation). It is used to treat arthritis (osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis). This drug should not be used for relieving pain after surgery, especially heart bypass surgery (CABG). There is an increased risk of blood clots forming, resulting in heart attacks and strokes, in heart bypass patients (see also Precautions section). This drug works by blocking the enzyme in your body that makes prostaglandins. Decreasing prostaglandins helps to reduce pain and swelling.

OTHER USES: This medication may also be used to relieve menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) and to reduce fever.

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth usually once or twice daily either with or without food or take as directed by your doctor. Take this medication with a full glass of water (8 oz or 240 ml) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medication. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. The lowest effective dosage should always be used (see also Precautions section).

SIDE EFFECTS: Stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: swelling, unusual tiredness and weakness, weight gain. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: change in amount of urine, dizziness, blurred vision, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine. If you notice any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking valdecoxib and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: coffee-ground vomit, black stools, persistent stomach pain, chest pain, one-sided weakness, slurred speech, sudden vision changes. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, mouth sores, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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