Bextra, Some Facts To Consider
For those who take Bextra, there are many warnings out that are telling people to stop. It is wise to do this and to do it right away. Of course, you should talk to your doctor about it as well. But, what is Bextra and what does it do? Are their good effects and bad for this drug? Yes, and that is what keeps doctors wanting to prescribe it. But, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have deemed the bad effects to outweigh the good enough to stop production and distribution until a true answer can be found.
Bextra is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It reduces substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. It has been used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, mainly. It has also been used to treat women who have painful menstruation. Arthritis, as a general rule, is an inflammation of the joints. Bextra has been able to stop the pain enough for patients to feel some relief. Vioxx is in the same class as Bextra and it was also pulled from the shelves. In some cases, the pain relief given from Bextra is not better than that of the over the counter pain reliever Motrin. For others, they claim that no other drug will give them any relief. In either case, the side benefits of Bextra can not compete with the side effects as these far outweigh the benefits.
But, the problem with Bextra is that it can increase a person's chance of a heart attack or stroke. In some patients, this has occurred and has been deadly. It can also cause a severe skin rash as well. It has been linked to the cause of stomach ulcers, liver damage, and worse. Since Bextra has been removed from the US, Canadian, and European markets, it is wise to take warning and to stop taking the drug. If you have suffered one of these symptoms while taking the drug, you should stop and call your doctor and possibly a lawyer. The risks of this drug are not worth the mild pain relief it can offer.