BEXTRA 10, 20mg tablets: Quick facts, FAQs, Side effects, Warnings

Bextra was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2005. The manufacturer of Bextra has announced the voluntary withdrawal of the drug from the U.S. market In 2005, after serious side effects of the treatment were reported.

Valdecoxib (Vall-e-KOX-ib), the active ingredient in Bextra oral tablets, is one of a group of medicines called Coxibs(also known as COX-2 inhibitors). Coxibs are a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat arthritis, pain, menstrual cramps, and fever. Although Bextra can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, it will not cure your condition.

Bextra may help relieve moderate or severe pain associated with arthritis. The common side effects that can occur with Bextra include: stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea, gas, heartburn, nausea, vomiting.

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Is Bextra the same as Celebrex?
Bextra and Celebrex belong to the same class of painkillers as Vioxx, which was withdrawn after being linked to heart attacks among long-time users.
Indications: What is Bextra used for?
Bextra (valdecoxib) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) that has been used to relieve the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and adult rheumatoid arthritis and for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea.

What are the side effects of BEXTRA?

Common side effects of BEXTRA, are:

  • Stomach pain.
  • Heartburn.
  • nausea, vomiting.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Indigestion.
  • Wind.
  • loss of appetite.
  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Vertigo.
  • Skin rash or spots.
  • Raised levels of liver enzymes in the blood.

When you must not use BEXTRA?

Some people MUST NOT have this medicine. Talk to your doctor if: 

  • you think you may be allergic to Valdecoxib, aspirin, ibuprofen or any other NSAID, or to any of the other ingredients of BEXTRA tablets. (These are listed at the patient information leaflet.). Signs of a hypersensitivity reaction include swelling of the face and mouth (angioedema), breathing problems, chest pain, runny nose, skin rash or any other allergic type reaction.
  • you have now, or have ever had, a stomach (gastric) or duodenal (peptic) ulcer, or bleeding in the digestive tract (this can include blood in vomit, bleeding when emptying bowels, fresh blood in faeces or black, tarry faeces).
  • you have had stomach or bowel problems after you have taken other NSAIDs.
  • you have heart, kidney or liver failure.
  •  if you have established heart disease and/or cerebrovascular disease e.g. if you have had a heart attack, stroke, mini-stroke (TIA) or blockages to blood vessels to the heart or brain or an operation to clear bypass blockages.
  • if you have or have had problems with your blood circulation (peripheral arterial disease).
  • you are more than six months pregnant.

Special Warnings

  • You should take the lowest dose of BEXTRA for the shortest possible time, particularly if you are underweight or elderly.  
  • There is a small increased risk of heart attack or stroke when you are taking any medicine like BEXTRA. The risk is higher if you are taking high doses for a long time.  If at any time while taking BEXTRA you experience any signs or symptoms of problems with your heart or blood vessels such as chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, or slurring of speech, contact your doctor immediately.  
  • If you have a history of stomach problems when you are taking NSAIDs, particularly if you are elderly, you must tell your doctor straight away if you notice any unusual symptoms. 
  • Because it is an anti-inflammatory medicine, BEXTRA may reduce the symptoms of infection, for example, headache and high temperature.
  • If you feel unwell and need to see a doctor, remember to tell him or her that you are taking BEXTRA. 
  • Tell your doctor if you recently had or you are going to have a surgery of the stomach or intestinal tract before taking BEXTRA tablets, as BEXTRA tablets can sometimes worsen wound healing in your gut after surgery.
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