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valdecoxib (BEXTRA)


DISEASE AND DRUG FAMILY INFORMATION

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Salicylates and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
The salicylates are used to relieve pain and to reduce fever and inflammation. Aspirin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is the most well-known and frequently used salicylate. Other salicylates discussed on this web site are salsalate and choline and magnesium salicylates.
Arthritis and Inflammation
At least 31.6 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. The three most common types are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout. Each has a different cause, treatment, and probable outcome.

DRUG AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROFILES

A comprehensive review of the safety and effectiveness of this drug. If the drug is not a Do Not Use product, information on adverse effects, drug interactions and how to use the medication are included.
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celecoxib (CELEBREX); meloxicam (MOBIC); rofecoxib (VIOXX); valdecoxib (BEXTRA)
  • We list these drugs as Do Not Use drugs because they are no more effective than related drugs, most have not been shown to have a lower rate of ulcers than related drugs and some have been shown to cause heart disease.

WORST PILLS, BEST PILLS NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

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Hypertension Drugs Plus NSAIDs May Injure Kidneys
April 2013
Recent evidence points to increased acute kidney injury associated with combining nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with two antihypertensive drugs: a diuretic plus either an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). Find out the names of these drugs. This is especially important for patients with hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure or chronic kidney disease, because such patients are routinely treated with diuretics, ACE inhibitors and ARBs.
Update on Withdrawals of Dangerous Drugs in the U.S.
January 2011
This article lists 11 of the prescription drugs that we warned Worst Pills, Best Pills News subscribers not to use before they were banned by the FDA. Subscribers knew an average of 3.3 years before the FDA acted that these medications were unsafe to use.
Lithium Toxicity Due to Drug Interactions
January 2010
This article lists a large number of drugs, used to treat high blood pressure and other carediovascular disease, that can interact harmfully with lithium (ESKALITH; LITHOBID; LITHONATE;generic lithium carbonate), drugs used to treat bipolar (manic/depressive) disorder. This may result in a dangerous condition known as lithium toxicity because these drugs stop the body from getting rid of lithium and lithium blood levels are increased; in severe cases, this can cause seizures, coma and even death. The article also lists other symptoms of lithium toxicity.
Update on Drugs that Can Cause High Blood Potassium
December 2008
This article lists 68 drugs that can cause high blood potassium (hyperkalemia) that can result in nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness or tingling sensations, as well as heart abnormalities (showing up as an abnormal electrocardiogram). In some cases it can be fatal. If you are taking any of these drugs, be especially careful if you have diabetes or kidney disease. If so, you are at increased risk, and your doctor will have to weigh the risk of giving you these drugs. Also, the older you are, the more likely you are to develop hyperkalemia. Also, make sure you are receiving appropriate laboratory monitoring.
FDA Public Health Advisory - Arthritis Drug Valdecoxib (BEXTRA) Removed From Market; Major New Warnings for Other NSAIDs
June 2005
If you are currently taking celecoxib (CELEBREX)you should contact your physician to consider alternative NSAID treatment.
Cutting Your Drug Bill While Reducing Your Risk Of Avoidable Adverse Drug Reactions: Six Examples
February 2005
This article will look at the potential savings for the individual consumer if the alternative treatments recommended in Worst Pills, Best Pills were used for six DO NOT USE drugs. All six are listed in the Drug Topics Magazine Top 200 selling drugs in U.S. in 2003. The drugs are: celecoxib (CELEBREX) used for arthritis and pain; the Alzheimer’s disease drug donepezil (ARICEPT); drospirenone with ethinyl estradiol (YASMIN 28), an oral contraceptive; esomeprazole (NEXIUM) the “new purple pill” for heartburn; montelukast (SINGULAIR), a drug approved for both asthma and hay fever; and valdecoxib (BEXTRA), an arthritis drug very similar to celecoxib.The combined sales of these six DO NOT USE drugs was $8.1 billion with more that 75 million prescriptions dispensed in 2003.
Manufacturer Finally Admits Heart Risks With The Arthritis Drug Valdecoxib (BEXTRA)
December 2004
People now taking Bextra should contact their doctors to discuss heart risks of this drug.
Lawsuit Reveals Serious Safety Problems with the Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Valdecoxib (BEXTRA)
September 2004
Public Citizen filed suit in the District Court for the District of Columbia on February 25, 2004 against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking that they make public complete copies of the agency’s scientific reviews of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) valdecoxib (BEXTRA).
Do Not Use! New Safety Warning Added to the Arthritis Drug Valdecoxib (BEXTRA)
January 2003
There is an additional similarity (aside from our listing both as DO NOT USE drugs) between valdecoxib and celecoxib, both are sulfa drugs and individuals who are allergic to sulfa drugs should not use them. Although celecoxib came on the market with a warning about sulfa drug allergy, valdecoxib did not. We previously wrote “It may be a dangerous oversight on the part of the FDA not to have required the same warning for valdecoxib.” Unfortunately, because uninformed patients have been needlessly harmed, our prediction has come to pass.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC CITIZEN

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Bextra Ban a Good Step, But FDA Should Pull Celebrex Too (HRG Publication #1734)
Statement of Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., Director, Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Painkillers and Terrorism. Letter to the Editor of the New York Times on Cox 2 Painkillers (HRG Publication #1727)
Painkillers and Terrorism. Letter to the Editor of the New York Times on Cox 2 Painkillers (HRG Publication #1727)
Testimony to FDA on Dangers of Cox-2 Drugs (HRG Publication #1725)
Testimony of Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D. Director, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group (HRG) Before FDA Arthritis and Drug Safety Advisory Committees Concerning the Dangers of COX-2 Drugs
Petition to remove the Cox-2 Inhibitors Celecoxcib (CELEBREX) and Valdecoxcib (BEXTRA) From the Market (HRG Publication #1720)
Petition to remove the Cox-2 Inhibitors Celecoxcib (CELEBREX) and Valdecoxcib (BEXTRA) From the Market (HRG Publication #1720)
Response to FDA's Announcement about Use of Celebrex and Bextra (HRG Publication #1714)
Statement Concerning FDA's Announcement about Use of Celebrex and Bextra (HRG Publication #1714)
Vioxx, Other “Super Aspirins” Are Super Disasters – Other Cox-2 Alternatives Have Safety Problems Too (HRG Publication #1707)
Today’s announcement by Merck is the latest evidence that this family of drugs, the Cox-2 inhibitors, once referred to as “super aspirins,” are turning out to be more like super disasters.