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Etoricoxib is a medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is also known as an 'NSAID'. About etoricoxib tablets Anti-inflammatory painkillers like etoricoxib are sometimes called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or just 'anti-inflammatories'.
Before taking etoricoxib
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking etoricoxib, it is important that your doctor knows:
If you have asthma or any other allergic disorder.If you think you may be dehydrated - for example, if you have recently had severe diarrhoea or vomiting.If you have had a stomach or duodenal ulcer, or if you have an inflammatory bowel disorder such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.If you are pregnant, trying for a baby, or breast-feeding.If you are under 16 or over 65 years of age.If you have liver or kidney problems.If you have a heart condition, or a problem with your blood vessels or circulation.If you have high blood pressure.If you have ever had blood clotting problems.If you have a connective tissue disorder, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (an inflammatory condition also called lupus, or SLE).If you are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. It is particularly important that you tell your doctor if you have had a bad reaction to any other NSAID (such as aspirin, naproxen, diclofenac, and indometacin).
How to take etoricoxib
Before you start taking etoricoxib, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. The manufacturer's leaflet will give you more information about the tablets and provide a full list of side-effects which you may experience from taking them.Take etoricoxib once each day, exactly as your doctor tells you to. There are four strengths of tablet available - 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg and 120 mg. You will be prescribed the strength of tablet that best suits your condition. People with osteoarthritis are prescribed 30 mg or 60 mg daily, whereas people with rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis are prescribed 90 mg daily. If you are taking etoricoxib for gout or following dental surgery, you will be prescribed a short course of tablets to take; 120 mg daily for up to eight days for gout, and 90 mg daily for up to three days after dental surgery.Swallow the tablet with a drink of water. It is not important whether you take your doses before or after meals, although the tablets may work more quickly if they are taken before food.You can take the tablets at a time of day to suit you, but try to take your doses at the same time of day each day as this will help you avoid missing doses.If you do forget to take your dose at the usual time, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until the following day, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
Your doctor will try to prescribe you the lowest dose for the shortest time to reduce the risk of side-effects. If you need to take etoricoxib for a long time, your doctor may want to prescribe another medicine along with it to protect your stomach from irritation.
Try to keep any regular appointments with your doctor. This is so your doctor can check on your progress. Your doctor will want to check your blood pressure while you are taking etoricoxib.If you have asthma, symptoms such as wheeze or breathlessness can be made worse by anti-inflammatories such as etoricoxib. If this happens to you, you should stop taking etoricoxib and see your doctor as soon as possible.If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are suitable for you to take. This is because you should not take etoricoxib with any other anti-inflammatory painkiller, some of which are available in cold and flu remedies which can be bought over the counter.If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are taking.
Can etoricoxib cause problems:-Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with etoricoxib. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following continue or become troublesome.