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  What is Bextra?

  What is Valdecoxib?

  What heart problems are associated with Bextra?

  Is Bextra the same as Celebrex and Vioxx?

  Has Bextra been removed from circulation?

  I have Sulfa allergies – should I be taking Bextra?

  What is Stephens Johnson Syndrome?

  Should Bextra be taken by nursing mothers?
  What other side effects can I expect from Bextra?

What is Bextra?

Bextra is a medical compound intended for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and adult rheumatoid arthritis, as well as the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea (the pain associated with menstrual cramping).

What is Valdecoxib?
Valdecoxib is, essentially, Bextra. To be precise, it’s the generic scientific term for the compound that is marketed to the American public as Bextra.



What heart problems are associated with Bextra?
The heart valve abnormalities that have appeared in some diet drug users occur in the two valves located on the left side of the heart. These valves are known as the aortic valve and mitral valve. In some diet drug users, one or both of the valves developed lesions that prevent the valves from closing properly. The blood then flows backwards, creating a condition known as “regurgitation".

According to a recent study, Bextra is assocaited with heart attacks. The New York Times recently published an article about Bextra heart attacks that discusses this study. (November 11, 2004).



Is Bextra the same as Celebrex and Vioxx?
No, Bextra is considered to be the ‘next generation’ of Celebrex. While all three are known as ‘Cox-2 inhibitors’, Bextra is seen as an upgrade over Celebrex because Bextra users enjoy far fewer side effects in terms of the gastrointestinal system. Vioxx users, on the other hand, have been known to experience side effects that include heart issues, so you can see why people jumped on Bextra when it was released – and why Pharmacia/Pfizer were so keen to get it out there. The problem is, while Bextra doesn’t have the same side effects as the other two drugs, it has different side effects – and those side effects weren’t known when the drug was first released to the public.

Has Bextra been removed from circulation?
No, Bextra is still being prescribed as a painkiller, albeit with label warnings that are far more wide-ranging than those prior to November 2002. People who choose to take Bextra despite the risks displayed on the label do so at their own risk, but those who took the drug prior to the expansion of the label warnings may well have a case.


I have Sulfa allergies – should I be taking Bextra?
Most definitely not. Since November 2002 (many months after they started marketing Bextra), Pharmacia has been warning doctors not to give the drug to patients who were allergic to sulfa drugs. Sadly, this warning came too late for those who took Bextra before that date, or, more recently, where doctors failed to make themselves aware of the expanded warnings.

Scientific evidence also shows that Celebrex users who have sulfa allergies are also at similar risk.

What is Stephens Johnson Syndrome?
Stevens Johnson Syndrome is an extreme allergic reaction to chemicals. Common causes include the drugs Arava (leflunomide), some painkillers, and many antibiotics. Unfortunately, Bextra has now been added to the list of chemicals that can cause this potentially life threatening syndrome.

Symptoms of Stevens Johnson Syndrome include blistering, fever, coughing, general malaise, swelling and lesions of gums, tongue, or lips, excessive tearing up of, or "stickiness" of, the eyes, and sores in the genital tract that cause painful urination.


Should Bextra be taken by nursing mothers?
Most definitely not. Bextra may or may not be secreted in human breast milk (the research has yet to be done on this possibility), but it is known to be secreted through the breast milk of rats. Along the same lines, it should definitely not be used in the third trimester of pregnancy.

What other side effects can I expect from Bextra?
The majority of the side effects associated with Bextra are not considered serious, but they are certainly annoying for those experiencing them. The most frequently reported side effect include upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and/or headaches.

More serious side effects include blood in urine, black, tarry stools, dark yellow or brown urine, difficulty breathing, fast heartbeat, skin rash, hives, redness, blistering, peeling or itching, stomach tenderness, pain, bleeding, or cramps, unexplained weight gain or edema, and a yellowing of the eyes or skin.

Signs of a possible allergic reaction include skin rash, swelling and breathing difficulties. If you experience these symptoms, report them immediately to a doctor.

Do I have a Bextra Case?

If you believe that you or a loved one has been adversely affected by Bextra, please fill out the form below. There is no charge for this Bextra case evaluation.


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During what period of time was Bextra prescribed?
Why was Bextra prescribed?
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Did effects from Bextra include:
Skin Rash
Breathing Problems
Skin Blistering
Other medical problems since Bextra usage:
Have you been diagnosed with: (check all that apply)
Stevens Johnson Syndrome
Epidermal Necrolysis
Erythema Multiforme
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Have you experienced the following: (check all that apply)
Sudden or unexplained death
Heart attack (Myocardial Infraction)
Unstable angina
Cardiac thrombus
Resuscitated cardiac arrest
Ulcers with permanent damage
Ischemic stroke
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
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