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What are the NSAIDs Vioxx & Celebrex?

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

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