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Rofecoxib

Why is this medication prescribed?

Rofecoxib is used to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. It is also used to relieve minor pain, headache, and menstrual pain and discomfort.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

Rofecoxib comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day. Follow the directions on the prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take rofecoxib exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking rofecoxib,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to rofecoxib, aspirin or other medications for pain or arthritis, or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially anticoagulants (''blood thinners'') such as warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), cimetidine (Tagamet), diuretics (''water pills''), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil), lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), methotrexate, moexipril (Univasc), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane), trandolapril (Mavik), any medications for high blood pressure, and vitamins.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver, heart, or kidney disease; high blood pressure; asthma; or an ulcer or any stomach problems or diseases.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking rofecoxib, call your doctor.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking rofecoxib.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Although side effects from rofecoxib are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • upset stomach
  • dizziness
  • heartburn
  • vomiting
  • constipation

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • bloody vomit
  • bloody diarrhea or black, tarry stools
  • swelling of the face, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • unexplained weight gain
  • fatigue, unusual tiredness
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • right upper abdominal pain
  • flu-like symptoms
  • skin rash
  • itching

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain laboratory tests to check your response to rofecoxib.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

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