THE USE OF MEDICINE
Arcoxia is used to treat acute and chronic osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, acute gouty arthritis, to relieve chronic musculoskeletal pain. This medicine contains etoricoxib, a selective inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), which blocks the formation of prostaglandins, substances responsible for the symptoms of inflammation, pain and fever. Arcoxia does not have effect on platelet function and gastrointestinal mucosa.
DOSAGE AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Take tablets by mouth with a glass of water with or without food. The recommended dosage for treatment of osteoarthritis is 60 mg once a day. For the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis taking 90 mg once a day. For acute gouty arthritis take 120 mg once a day. Treatment can last for more than eight days if the daily dose is 120 mg per day. The average therapeutic dose for the treatment of pain is 60 mg taken once. Take the medicine strictly on prescription. Do not exceed recommended dose.
Never take a double dose. When it is time for the next dose, skip the missed reception and continue to take the medicine according to schedule.
Store at room temperature, 59-86 F (15-30 C), away from moisture and sunlight. Protect from moisture (bathroom).
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding, were allergic to NSAIDs or Arcoxia, heart failure, myocardial infarction, bypass surgery, chest pain, stroke or mini-stroke, narrow or blocked arteries of the extremities. Do not take medication without consulting your doctor about your high blood pressure, the planned operation, diabetes, high cholesterol or smoking, which may increase the risk of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis. Caution should be exercised in patients over 65 years. Lactose is included in the coating tablets that should be taken into account in patients with lactose deficiency.
Hypersensitivity to the drug, child age, pregnancy and breast-feeding, asthma, recurrent nasal polyposis, and paranasal sinuses, and intolerance of aspirin and other NSAIDs (including history), peptic ulcer disease and erosive changes of gastric mucosa and duodenal ulcers, gastric -intestinal bleeding, cerebrovascular, or any other form of bleeding, acute inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn\'s disease, ulcerative colitis), hemophilia and other coagulation disorders, severe heart failure, severe liver failure, or the actual liver disease, severe renal impairment, severe renal disease confirmed by hyperkalemia, since coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, symptomatic coronary heart disease, high blood pressure is stable, accompanied by uncontrolled hypertension