Etoricoxib is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory agent that relieves the inflammatory symptoms like:
It is a drug that prescribes in rheumatoid arthritis, painful menstrual periods, short term pain experienced during injuries, surgery and conditions that last for a limited time. It belongs to the class of COX- 2 inhibitors and stops the production of inflammatory mediators that causes pain and inflammation. This is one of the most preferred drugs in mild to severe inflammatory conditions.
The ailments it is used for:
Etoricoxib is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug given in the below listed conditions such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Acute gout
- Renal colic
Understanding the drug Etoricoxib:
How it works?
Etoricoxib is a selective COX 2 (cyclooxygenase 2) enzyme inhibitor. It selectively gets bind to the enzyme receptor and stops the conversion of arachidonic acid to prostaglandin (PG’s) which is the precursors of inflammatory mediators. Prostaglandins are the chemicals that produce inflammatory response like pain, fever, swelling and tenderness. Etoricoxib stops the inflammation and gives symptomatic treatment.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Etoricoxib if you:
- Are allergic to Etoricoxib
- Are prone to allergies
- Have heart associated problems like heart attack, stroke and hypertension
- Have stomach ulcers
- Have bleeding disorders
- Have kidney related problems
- Have liver disease
- Are suffering from asthma
- are pregnant or planning to become a pregnant
- are breast feeding
How much to take?
The dosage is solely decided by the Doctor after assessing your condition and various factors such as age, gender and body weight. One can’t fix the dose as it varies from patient to patient.
Recommended dose strength
60 mg once a day orally
90 mg once a day orally
Acute gout pain
120 mg once a day orally
90 mg once a day orally
Chronic musculoskeletal pain
60 mg once a day orally
The usual recommended dose intake ranges from 60 mg to 120 mg and it can be increased or decreased depending upon the patient’s response. Take the dose as prescribed by the Doctor.
What are the strengths available?
Etoricoxib is available in following strength preparations on our website:
- Nucoxia 60 mg
- Nucoxia 90 mg
- Nucoxia 120 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Nucoxia is manufactured by Zydus Cadila Healthcare limited, a big pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the pack of 100 and 200 tablets.
How to take?
Etoricoxib is taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the tablet with full glass of water. Do not halve the tablet. Try to take the medicine at same time daily as it reduces the chances of missing a dose.
When to take?
The timings of the dose intake are decided by the doctor and this medicine can be taken with or without meal. The dose intake depends upon your condition. Always take the medicine as per prescription.
For how long should it be taken?
This medicine gives a symptomatic treatment so it does not cure the underlying cause of the condition. Continue taking medicine as long as doctor recommends you. Always ask the doctor before stopping the intake of the drug.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If overdose, immediately consult with your concerned doctor. Take medical help as soon as possible if you encounter any unusual symptoms.
What if you miss the dose?
Try to take the medicine at the same time each day; this reduces the chances of missing dose. Talk to your Doctor if you miss the dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to compensate with the previous one.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine shows some side effects, same way this drug also have some undesired effects with it. Etoricoxib shows common side effects such as:
- Stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Mild skin rashes
Some serious and rare side effects that need serious medical consideration are stated below:
- Vision related problems
- Decreased urine output
- Abdominal pain and discomfort
- Extreme weakness
- Difficulty in breathing and swallowing
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Etoricoxib. Following are the drugs that may interact with the drugs:
- Ethinyl Estradiol
- Conjugated estrogens
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Always take the medicine as per prescription
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Avoid consumption of alcohol while using this drug as it increases the side effects
- Don’t share your medicine with anybody, even if they have the same symptoms
- This medicine can cause stomach lesions in that case immediately terminate its use
- It is important to monitor the blood pressure levels while taking this medicine
- Always store the medicine at the room temperature and away from moisture, heat and light
- Drink adequate fluid in order to avoid dehydration
- Consult with your pharmacist about the proper disposal of the drug
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine