Magazine article Drug Topics

Valdecoxib (Val-De-KOX-Ib)

Magazine article Drug Topics

Valdecoxib (Val-De-KOX-Ib)

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Valdecoxib, a nonsteroidal anti-- inflammatory drug (NSAID), treats symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also treats painful menstrual periods. * BRAND NAME: Bextra

WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT USE THIS MEDICINE

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to valdecoxib, aspirin, or other pain or arthritis medicine (such as diclofenac, etodolac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, Advil, Aleve, Daypro, Dolobid, Feldene, Indocin, Motrin, Orudis, Relafen, Voltaren).

* HOW TO USE AND STORE THIS MEDICINE

Tablets:

* Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.

* Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

* Keep all medicine away from children, and never share your medicine with anyone.

* IF YOU MISS A DOSE

* If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.

* Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

* DRUGS AND FOODS TO AVOID

* Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

* Make sure that your doctor knows if you are also using aspirin, cough medicine, lithium, blood thinners (Coumadin), diuretics or "water pills" (such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, Aldactazide, Aldactone, Dyazide, Hyzaar, Lasix, Maxzide, Moduretic), blood pressure medicine (such as Accupril, Altace, Lotensin, Lotrel, Monopril, Prinivil, Vasotec, Zestril), medicine to treat fungal infections (such as fluconazole, ketoconazole, Diflucan, Nizoral), medicine for seizures (such as Depakote, Dilantin, Keppra, Luminal, Tegretol), or a steroid (such as cortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisone, prednisolone, AeroBid, Azmacort, Beclovent, Beconase, Celestone, Cortone, Decadron, Deltasone, Pediapred, Flonase, Flovent, Nasonex, Pulmicort, Rhinocort, Vancenase). …

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