Bextra side effects

Bextra side effects :
a look at Purpose, Interactions and Warnings

Bextra (Valdecoxib) is used to relieve the pain, tenderness, inflammation (swelling), and stiffness caused by arthritis and to treat painful menstrual periods. Valdecoxib is in a class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) called COX-2 inhibitors. It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain and inflammation.

Bextra side effects and interactions

If you will be taking this medicine for a long time, it is very important that your doctor check you at regular visits. Stomach problems may be more likely to occur if you drink alcoholic beverages while being treated with this medicine.

Therefore, do not regularly drink alcoholic beverages while taking this medicine, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Serious Bextra side effects can occur during treatment with this medicine. Sometimes serious Bextra side effects can occur without any warning. However, possible warning signs often occur, including swelling of the face, fingers, feet, and/or lower legs; severe stomach pain, black, sticky stools, and/or vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds; unusual weight gain; and/or skin rash. Stop taking this medicine and check with your doctor immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

Check with your doctor immediately if fever, drowsiness, itching of the skin, tiredness, nausea, or stomach pain occurs; these effects may be the first signs of liver toxicity.

Valdecoxib may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Although this is rare, it may occur often in patients who are allergic to aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or sulfonamide-type drugs. Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical attention. The most serious signs of this reaction are very fast or irregular breathing, gasping for breath, wheezing, or fainting. Other signs may include changes in color of the skin of the face; very fast but irregular heartbeat or pulse; hive-like swellings on the skin; and puffiness or swellings of the eyelids or around the eyes. If these effects occur, get emergency help at once. Do not try to drive yourself. Call an ambulance, lie down, cover yourself to keep warm, and prop your feet higher than your head. Stay in that position until help arrives.

Observed Bextra side effects

Along with its needed effects, there may be unwanted Bextra side effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Less Commonly Observed

Bloating or swelling of face, arms, hands, lower legs, feet; blood in urine; bloody, black or sticky stools; blurred vision; chills; decreased or painful urination; dizziness; fever; muscle aches and pains; nausea; nervousness; pale skin; pounding in the ears; rapid weight gain; severe stomach pain; tingling of the hands or feet; trouble breathing with exertion; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds; yellow eyes or skin.

Bextra side effects of an overdose

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur : Bloody or black tarry stools; continuing thirst; dizziness; drowsiness ; headache, severe or continuing; nausea and/or vomiting; shortness of breath; stomach pain; sudden decrease in the amount of urine; swelling of face, fingers, and/or lower legs; tightness in chest and/or wheezing; troubled breathing; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds; weight gain.

Other Bextra side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.

More Commonly Observed

Acid or sour stomach; belching; cough; diarrhea; ear congestion; headache; heartburn; indigestion; sore throat.

Less Commonly Observed

Abdominal fullness; accidental injury ; back pain; bloating in the abdomen; excess gas; rash; stuffy or runny nose.

Other Bextra side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Sources : The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

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