VIOXX® is a prescription arthritis medication belonging to a class of arthritis drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors. VIOXX® works to relieve arthritis pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by blocking the COX-2 enzymes that cause inflammation. COX-2 inhibitors are different from traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (which block COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes) in that they only block COX-2 enzymes, leaving COX-1 enzymes free to protect the lining of the stomach.
VIOXX® Side Effects
As with any drug, there are side effects associated with VIOXX®. The side effects of VIOXX® include:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Fluid retention
- Liver damage
- Heart attack
In addition to these side effects, VIOXX® use has been linked to an increased risk of developing a nonbacterial type of meningitis.
On September 30, 2004, Vioxx® was voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer, Merck & Co, Inc., after a three-year study proved that the drug drastically increases the risk of stroke and heart attack in patients.
Speak to a VIOXX® Attorney
Anyone who was using VIOXX® is advised to see a doctor to discuss alternative medications. VIOXX® is considered a dangerous drug. If you or a loved one has been harmed by VIOXX® use, you can take the first step toward asserting your rights by contacting one of the experienced personal injury lawyers in the ImpactLaw directory to arrange an evaluation of your case.