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Etoricoxib is used for the treatment of acute gouty arthritis, osteoarthritis and other conditions as determined by your doctor. Other uses are management of ankylosing spondylitis, relief of chronic musculoskeletal pain, relief of acute pain and treatment of acute gouty arthritis.
When taking the tablets, swallow them with a glass of water. Do not halve the tablet. Take your etoricoxib at about the same time each day. Taking etoricoxib at the same time each day will have the best effect. It does not matter if you take etoricoxib before or after food.
The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine: headache, dizziness, disturbances of the gut such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain, weakness or loss of strength (asthenia), fatigue, cold or flu-like symptoms, rash, blurred vision, difficulty in sleeping (insomnia), muscle cramps, weight gain, excessive fluid retention in the body tissues, resulting in swelling, nosebleeds (epistaxis), difficulty in breathing (dyspnoea), high blood pressure (hypertension), chest pain, heart failure, anxiety, ulceration or bleeding of the stomach or intestine, liver or kidney disorders.
Stop taking this medicine and consult your doctor if you develop any of the following symptoms while taking this medicine: skin rash, skin blistering or peeling, sores inside your mouth, other signs of an allergic reaction, or signs of bleeding in the stomach or intestine, such as passing a black or blood-stained bowel movement or vomiting blood.
This medicine can sometimes cause liver problems. Consult your doctor promptly if you develop unexplained itching, yellowing of the skin or eyes, unusually dark urine, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pains, loss of appetite or flu-like symptoms.
This medicine may hide fever, which is a sign of infection. This may make you think mistakenly that an infection is getting better when it isn't, or that an infection is less serious than it is. For this reason you should tell your doctor if you get an infection while you are taking this medicine.
People with impaired kidney, liver or heart function should have their kidney function monitored while taking this medicine. Your blood pressure should be regularly monitored while you are taking this medicine.
This medicine may cause fatigue and dizziness. You should take care when performing potentially hazardous activities, such as driving or operating machinery, until you know how this medicine affects you and are sure you can perform such activities safely.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.