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VALDECOXIB 20MG-ORAL, Bextra (cont.)

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: aspirin or aspirin-like drugs (e.g., NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen), azole antifungals (e.g., fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole), "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, lisinopril), "water pills" (diuretics such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide), dextromethorphan, lithium. Check all prescription and nonprescription medicine labels carefully since many contain pain relievers/fever reducers (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin) which are similar to this drug. Aspirin, as prescribed by your doctor for reasons such as heart attack or stroke prevention (usually these dosages are 81-325 mg per day), should be continued. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include: drowsiness, vomiting, or stomach pain.

NOTES: Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress. This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it for other pain-related conditions unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.


Last Editorial Review: 4/7/2005



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