Vioxx Heart Damage
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What are Vioxx / Celebrex?
Learn about these NSAIDs,
the recall, & the risks.
What is the problem?
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?
You may be entitled to compensation for damages
Heart Attacks and Strokes
Free case inquiry form.
Arthritis is a painful, crippling disease that affects millions
of people. Pain management is an important part of treatment.
Unfortunately, some of the medications used to treat arthritis
have been associated with some serious side effects, including
ulcers and intestinal bleeding. A new generation of pain relievers
was supposed to provide greater protection from pain without the
risk of these side effects. Research now shows that these medications
may have promised more than they could deliver.
What are NSAIDS?
Billed as "super-aspirins" when they were approved by
the FDA, the NSAIDs Vioxx and Celebrex are used to treat the chronic
pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid
arthritis, acute short-term pain, and for the treatment of severe
menstrual pain. Although the two medications are slightly different
in their chemical composition, the NSAIDS Vioxx and Celebrex are
both classified as COX-2 inhibitors and belong to a larger group
of drugs knows as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other
NSAIDs include older medications like ibuprofen and naproxen.
Serious problems have been associated with the long-term use of
NSAIDs, including bleeding stomach ulcers, intestinal bleeding,
heart problems, and damage to the liver and kidneys. These complications
can occur with or without warning symptoms. These problems, if
severe, could lead to hospitalization or death.
These NSAIDs promised the relief of pain without the potentially
serious side effects associated with NSAIDs, an obvious benefit
to millions of arthritis sufferers and others who live with chronic
pain. Both medications were heavily advertised and promoted by
their manufacturers. Physicians and patients were led to believe
that there was at last a safe medication for them to use. Prescriptions
for less expensive medications were replaced with prescriptions
for Vioxx and Celebrex, which were more expensive and not available
as generics. Sales of these NSAIDs in the United States have been
estimated to exceed $4 billion each year.
A March 13, 2003 New York Times article reported that at least
one insurer received rebates as incentives to promote Vioxx.
Problems arose after the medications had been approved for use.
Clinical studies found that these NSAIDs had the same side effects
as the NSAID drugs they were intended to replace. In fact, recent
research seems to indicate that users of these NSAIDs may actually
be at greater risk of heart attack and stroke.
We are not currently accepting new Vioxx cases. You should consult another attorney for an opinion on your case.