What is arcoxia?

Arcoxia is a synthetic medicinethat helps reduce pain and inflammation caused by chronic and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system and also acts as an analgesic after postoperative outpatient processes.

Its active substance isetoricoxib, a chemical compound of the class ofnon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), used to reduce chronic and acute pain and inflammation in the joints. Its mechanism of action is based on theinhibition of the production of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), an enzyme essential for the synthesis of prostaglandins that cause inflammation and pain. (1)

This medicine comes as film-coated tablets of30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg and 120 mg. The recommended dose will depend on the symptoms and the disease that the patient presents.

Generally the administration of arcoxiais orallyin adolescent patientsand adults over 16 years, in doses according to the following cases:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: 60 mg once dailyand depending on the patient’s response can be increased to90 mg daily.
  • Osteoarthritis: 30 mg once a dayand depending on the patient’s response can be increased to60 mg daily.
  • Postoperative pain after dental surgery: A daily dose of 90 mg for up to a maximum period of 3 days.

Important: The recommended dose should not be increased without medical approval, since higher doses have not represented greater benefits and etoricoxib (a component of arcoxia) in high doses represents a risk for the Cardiovascular System.

What is arcoxia used for?

Arcoxia is commonly used to treat acute and chronic pain and inflammation in the following cases:

1. Joint pain and inflammation

The presence of pain and inflammation as a result of degenerative pathologies is very common in the adult population, rheumatoid arthritis being an autoimmune disease that progressively destroys the joints. (two)

Both diseases are characterized by the presence of

To highlight: Some clinical trials carried out support the effectiveness of arcoxia (etoricoxib) in the treatment of pain and inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. (4)

It is important to note that this medication is also used to treat other osteoarticular pathologies that cause pain and inflammation, such as ankylosing spondylitis.

2. Post-surgical dental pain

After the effect of anesthesia, the appearance of pain after dental surgery is very common, a situation that must be corrected to guarantee optimal recovery of the patient.

Note: Clinical studies describe the effectiveness of arcoxia (etoricoxib) in treating pain after dental surgery. (5)

 side effects of arcoxia

Arcoxia treatment may cause some of the following Adverse reactions in certain patients :

  • Allergic reactions to any of the components of arcoxia, such as skin problems, facial swelling, difficulty breathing.
  • Discomfort in the gastrointestinal system such as diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, weakness and fatigue.
  • Alveolar osteitis (intense pain after tooth extraction).
  • Fluid retention or edema.

Important: If you notice the appearance of any of these symptoms or others not included in the list during treatment with arcoxia, Stop taking it and consult your doctor.

Contraindications of arcoxia

The consumption of this medicine is contraindicated in the following cases:

  • Hypersensitivity to some of the components of arcoxia.
  • In patients with peripheral arterial disease.
  • In patients with renal or hepatic insufficiency.
  • In women during the period of pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • In patients with a history of stomach bleeding or ulcer.
  • In patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

You should know: It is recommended to review your medical history before starting treatment with arcoxia.

Key Findings

  • Arcoxia is a synthetic medication to reduce pain and inflammation caused by diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Its active substance is etoricoxib , a drug of the class of nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • This medicine is used to treat pain and inflammation in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and as a post-surgical analgesic.
  • Arcoxia is delicate to use and must be administered under medical supervision.

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