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Arcoxia

Last updated on 07/10/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Etoricoxib

CHINESE NAME: 安痛易

DRUG CLASS: Analgesics

SUB CLASS: COX-2 Inhibitors

USED FOR: Pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, acute gout

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
30mg, 60mg, 90mg, 120mg (tablets)

What is Arcoxia for?

Arcoxia is a type of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and more specifically as a COX-2 inhibitor. COX-2 is an enzyme that is responsible for pain signalling, and inhibiting this can reduce pain. It is mainly used for pain relief including menstrual pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

How to use it?

Arocxia is taken orally. If no improvement is seen with maximum dose after 8 days it is advised to stop taking it and consider alternatives.

For pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis
Adult / Adolescents ≥16 years
30-60 mg once daily.

For pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis
Adult / Adolescents ≥16 years
60-90 mg once daily.

For acute gout
Adult / Adolescents ≥16 years
120 mg daily for a maximum of 8 days.

What are the side effects of Arcoxia?

Common side effects of Arcoxia include nausea and vomiting, mild indigestion.

For people taking Arcoxia long-term, it may cause kidney injury and stomach bleeding.

Who should not take Arcoxia?

– People who are allergic to Arcoxia or any component of the formulation.
– People who are allergic to NSAIDs and have a history of hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. asthma, urticaria) after taking Aspirin or any other NSAIDs.
– Patients with severe renal or hepatic impairment
– Patients with active gastrointestinal bleeding or ulceration
– Patients with congestive heart failure, ischemic heart disease, peripheral artery disease, and/or cerebrovascular disease

Pharmacist Tips:

Only take one NSAIDs at any one time, do not combine Arcoxia with other NSAIDs medicines.

Common dosing schedule:
Arcoxia can be taken with or without food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Arcoxia may interact with:
– Antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs e.g. Warfarin
– Bisphosphonates, e.g.
Alendronate
– Other NSAIDs, e.g. Aspirin, Naproxen
– Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), e.g. Fluoxetine, Citalopram

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Arcoxia in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Arcoxia is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Arcoxia in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.