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Information about Rofecoxib

Rofecoxib is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) that selectively inhibits cyclooxgenase-2 (Cox-2), which was used in the therapy of chronic arthritis and mild-to-moderate musculoskeletal pain. Rofecoxib was withdrawn in 2004 because of an association with an increase in cardiovascular events with its long term use. Rofecoxib had also been linked transient serum aminotransferase elevations during therapy and to rare instances of idiosyncratic drug induced liver disease.

Mechanism of action of Rofecoxib

Rofecoxib (roe" fe kox' ib) is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug that acts through selective inhibition of cyclooxgenase-2 resulting in decreased prostaglandin synthesis and thereby decreasing inflammation, fever and pain. The specificity for Cox-2 is believed to make rofecoxib less likely to cause gastrointestinal mucosal injury compared to standard NSAIDs that inhibit both Cox-1 and Cox-2 enzymes.

The drug Rofecoxib was withdrawn from the US market

Rofecoxib was approved for use as therapy of chronic arthritis due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, as well as for acute pain from musculoskeletal conditions and trauma and for primary dysmenorrheal in 1998. Subsequently, large scale prospective studies suggested that use of rofecoxib was associated with an increased rate of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events, and the drug was withdrawn in September 2004.

FDA approval information for Rofecoxib

Rofecoxib was previously available by prescription as capsules of 12.5 and 25 mg under the commercial name Vioxx and was given in several week courses for acute pain or trauma and long term for chronic arthritis. The typically recommended dose was 12.5 to 25 mg once daily.

Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

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