Vioxx Medical News and Side effects information
What is the medical news on Vioxx Heart attack?
Learn about these NSAIDs,
the recall, & the risks.
What is Vioxx hypertension?
associate Vioxx with heart problems, kidney damage,
Who is responsible for Vioxx Heart damage?
Risks to patients due to lack of warnings.
What is being done about Vioxx heart attacks?
Class action lawsuit filed against the
maker of Vioxx.
What can you do if you suffered a Vioxx heart attack?
You may be entitled to compensation for damages
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Medical News information about VIoss side effects
Medical News on Vioxx Side Effects
On September 30, 2004 Merck & Co. initiated a market withdrawal in the United States at the pharmacy level. This means that patients will no longer be able to refill their Vioxx prescriptions at pharmacies. Consult your doctor about taking other medications.
Although Merck says the heart attack and stroke risk is small; the apparent risk grows exponentially with the number of patients taking Vioxx over the long term. Vioxx users have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, hypertension, and congestive heart failure. Vioxx contributes to a rise in blood pressure and a greater incidence of edema or swelling in the arms and legs which also puts extra strain on the heart. Chronic Vioxx use also is particularly hard on kidney functioning resulting in fluid retention and swelling.
In a 20001 study of Medicaid patients, 40,000 participants were prescribed NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Nearly 10,000 participants were taking Vioxx and more than 1,000 of them were taking the high-dose of 50 mg. with 30-day supplies. Half that amount of 25 mg. a day -- was the recommended dose for long-term use which has seen been withdrawn.
The 50-mg. dose has not been shown to be more effective than lower doses of the drug in relieving chronic pain. Although there’s a ceiling on the effective dose; there's usually not a ceiling on its side effects.
Long-term doses of both the 25 mg. and the 50 mg. Vioxx have been linked to doubling the risk of life threatening heart attacks, strokes, and sudden death. Other Vioxx side effects may include:
If you are experiencing or have experienced any of the above symptoms and were taking the arthritis pain reliever Vioxx, call your doctor immediately.
- upset stomach
- stomach pain
- black and tarry stools, red blood in stools
- bloody vomit
- vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds
- excessive tiredness
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- lack of energy
- loss of appetite
- pain in the upper right part of the stomach
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- flu-like symptoms
- pale skin
- unexplained weight gain
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
- chest pain
If you or a loved one has experienced chest pains, blood clots, heart attack, or stroke from taking Vioxx – you may want to contact an expert Vioxx lawyer about a Vioxx class action suit. For a no-obligation, FREE Vioxx consultation, fill out the form below.
One question to ask your doctor is about the long range use of any drug. Since the Vioxx withdrawal, it makes sense to inquire about long-term clinical findings for any prescription drugs before consenting to take them.
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