For what purpose Bextra is used?
Bextra is basically a pain killer medicine used for treating many types of acute pain. Bextra is used as a pain reliever especially in following acute pain conditions.
- Acute pains due to osteoarthritis
- Painful menstruation
- Relieving acute pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis
- Bextra can also be used for relieving other types of acute pain
Bextra belongs to NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal anti-Inflammatory Drugs) group known as ‘COX-2 inhibitors’. Vioxx and and Celebrex are other drugs from this drugs group.
Bextra fights the inflammation and pain with the help of effects caused by natural enzymes known as COX-2. COX-2 inhibitors present in the Bextra have the identical proprietary that of aspirin. However, Bextra inhibitors are different in nature than that of aspirin in a way that aspiring carries blood-thinning affect which Bextra inhibitors do not have. Bextra is known by generic name Valdecoxib in medical terminology.
Is Bextra Safe for use?
No. Bextra is dangerous. You must follow proper precautions while using Bextra. Never, use Bextra like an over-the-counter medicine. Use Bextra only when it has been prescribed by your doctor. According to some evidences, Bextra can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. That is why Bextra was pulled off the market. Apart from the above serious complications, Bextra may also lead to bleeding in intestine or stomach. Tarry or black stools and stomach discomfort are common side effects of Bextra. If you experience any of the above symptoms, or other abnormalities while taking Bextra you must consult your doctor immediately for medical attention.
Beside above side effects, which are serious in nature, Bextra can produce certain other less serious side effects. Following are some of the less serious side effects caused by Bextra.
- Infection of upper respiratory track
- Nausea and headache
- Stomach pain
- Indigestion or diarrhea
When to seek Medical attention?
If you experience any side effect (either serious or less serious) you must stop use of Bextra immediately and consult your physician. You must be more cautious if you face one of the following side effects of Bextra use.
- Stomach pain with burning sensation
- Bowel movements that are black in appearance like tar
- Vomiting with blood or coffee color appearance
As Bextra has been pulled off the market owing to its serious side effects you must consult your doctor on this aspect, especially if you are taking Bextra currently. It is advisable that you stop use of Bextra forthwith and then consult your doctor regarding other possible available treatment options for treating your ailment.