This medicine was withdrawn from the US market in September 2004 because it may cause rare but serious side effects. Treats pain caused by arthritis, menstruation, or recent medical surgery or dental surgery. Treats pain caused by migraine headaches. Also treats pain caused by certain kinds of arthritis in children. This medicine is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to rofecoxib, aspirin, or other pain medicines, such as ibuprofen, Naproxen, ketoprofen, Advil®, Aleve®, Celebrex®, Clinoril®, Daypro®, Indocin®, Motrin®, Naprosyn®, or Relafen®.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
You may take this medicine with or without food.
Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. Shake the medicine well just before measuring each dose.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using aspirin, lithium, methotrexate, theophylline, or rifampin (Rifadin®). Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using a steroid taken by mouth, such as cortisone, prednisone, Celestone®, Cortone®, Decadron®, Deltasone®, Pediapred®, or if you are also using a blood thinner, such as warfarin (Coumadin®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using any diuretics or "water pills," such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, spironolactone, torsemide, triamterene, Aldactone®, Demadex®, Lasix®, or Maxzide®. Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using a blood pressure medicine, such as enalapril, lisinopril, Accupril®, Lotrel®, or Zestril®.
Tell your doctor if you are currently taking low-dose aspirin for the prevention of heart attacks. Rofecoxib is not a blood thinner, and you will probably need to continue with your aspirin regimen.
Drinking alcohol or smoking while using this medicine may increase your risk of side effects.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding. You should not use this medicine during the last 3 months of pregnancy. Make sure your doctor knows if you have asthma, kidney problems, liver problems, heart problems, or high blood pressure, or if you have other general health problems.
This medicine may cause stomach ulcers or bleeding, sometimes without warning signs. This risk increases if you have had ulcers or other stomach problems in the past, or if you use this medicine for a long time. Make sure your doctor knows if you have ever had ulcers or stomach problems. Be sure you understand what side effects to watch for while using this medicine.
This medicine may make you dizzy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.