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What is etoricoxib?

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How to take - Side Effects - Things To Avoid - Pregnancy

Etoricoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that effectively treats osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and any other form of acute pain.

If you’re looking for pain relief medication, ask our doctors about etoricoxib. They’ll discuss your symptoms with you and create a treatment that’ll help you feel better.

Etoricoxib Dosage

Etoricoxib Dosage

You should always take any medication only as instructed by a doctor. Etoricoxib is available as a tablet in a number of different doses. Your doctor will decide which one is suitable for you.

The tablet should be taken with water, and you’ll normally only need to take it once a day (unless your doctor says otherwise). When treating patients with etoricoxib, the aim is to prescribe the lowest effective dose, so you must never take a higher dose without talking to a doctor first.

If you accidentally miss a day, don’t take a double dose the next day. Simply carry on taking your medication as normal.

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What Are The Side Effects of Etoricoxib?

Common side effects of etoricoxib include:

More serious side effects, such blood in your poo or vomit, should be brought to the attention of your doctor straight away.

You should seek emergency medical assistance if you think you’re having an allergic reaction to etoricoxib, such as swelling around your face, lips or throat, a severe rash or trouble breathing.

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Indigestion is one of the possible side effects of etoricoxib

Things to avoid

You shouldn’t take etoricoxib if you have:

  • Asthma
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bowel problem, e.g. IBS, Crohn’s disease
  • History of liver or kidney problems
  • Have had a heart attack in the past
  • High blood pressure

You must also tell your doctor about any allergies you have or other medication you’re taking. It’s important you don’t mix etoricoxib with any other medication.

Etoricoxib and Alcohol

Alcohol can react with etoricoxib to produce unpleasant, potentially dangerous side effects. The safest thing to do is not drink any alcohol during your treatment.

Is It Safe to Take Etoricoxib During Pregnancy?

Etoricoxib is not suitable for pregnant women in their third trimester. If this applies to you, tell your doctor before you’re prescribed anything.

If you’re earlier on in your pregnancy, you’re currently trying to get pregnant or you’re breastfeeding, you can discuss the risks of taking etoricoxib with your doctor.

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Etoricoxib shouldn't be taken during your third trimester

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If you’re suffering from chronic pain and would like medication to help with the problem, book an appointment with one of our doctors today. If you need a prescription, they can write one for you and have it sent to the nearest pharmacy.

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