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Etoricoxib

Last updated on 24/03/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Etoricoxib 

CHINESE NAME: 依托考昔

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Aptoxia, Arcoxia 安痛易, Eberil, Etoxib, Euroxia, Jeanoxia 

DRUG CLASS: Analgesic, non-opioid; Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), COX-2 selective

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

OTHER DRUGS IN THE SAME CLASS: Celecoxib, Parecoxib

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

What is Etoricoxib for?

Etoricoxib belongs to a class of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen. It has a range of uses, including:
– Pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis
– Pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis
– Pain relief
– Ankylosing spondylitis
– Acute gout

How to use it?

For pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis

Oral

Adult / Child 16-17 years
30 mg daily, then increase if necessary up to 60 mg daily.

For pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis

Oral

Adult / Child 16-17 years
60 mg daily, then increase if necessary up to 90 mg daily. 

For acute gout 

Oral

Adult / Child 16-17 years
120 mg daily for a maximumfor maximum of 8 days.

What are the side effects of Etoricoxib?

Like all NSAIDS, the main side effects of Etoricoxib are indigestion, nausea, bleeding gastric ulcer, and allergic reaction. With long-term use, Etoricoxib can cause kidney injury, bleeding and increase the risk of a cardiovascular event.

Who should not take Etoricoxib?

– Anyone who has allergic reactions after taking Aspirin or other NSAIDs. Discuss with your doctor if you have ever got symptoms such as hives and flushing after taking Aspirin or other NSAIDs to see if you could change to another drug instead
– Anyone who has an allergy to Etoricoxib or any other components of the product
– People with heart failure, or uncontrolled high blood pressure
– People with active gastrointestinal bleeding or ulceration

Pharmacist Tips:

Many NSAIDs are available in Hong Kong and should not be used while taking Etoricoxib.

Common dosing schedule:
You can take Etoricoxib with or without food. 

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

Some common medications Etoricoxib may interact with:
– Angiotensin II receptor blockers, e.g. Valsartan, Losartan
– Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, e.g. Captopril, Lisinopril
– Antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs e.g. Apixaban, Warfarin 
– Bisphosphonates, e.g. Alendronate
– Other NSAIDs, e.g. Aspirin, Diclofenac, Celecoxib
– Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, e.g. Fluoxetine, Sertraline

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

Where to buy Etoricoxib in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Etoricoxib 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 Etoricoxib 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.