Vioxx Heart Attack and Stroke FAQs

Written by Michael Monheit, Esquire, Monheit Law, PC


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== More common, non-life threatening, side effects include: == Upper and/or lower respiratory infection and/or inflammation Headache Dizziness Diarrhea Nausea and/or vomiting Heartburn, stomach pain, and upset Swelling ofrepparttar legs and/or feet High blood pressure Back pain Tiredness Urinary tract infection.

== Which products contain Vioxx and Celebrex? == There are no generic equivalents for these medications. They are only sold as Vioxx and Celebrex.

== Are there any safer alternatives to Vioxx and Celebrex? == Older medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, or even just an aspirin have been used as alternatives for Vioxx and Celebrex.

== What could have been done to avoidrepparttar 119252 current Vioxx Heart Attack situation? Several things: == Adequate and more accurate testing prior to FDA approval could have revealedrepparttar 119253 same risks, like Vioxx Heart Attacks, that became known afterrepparttar 119254 products were already onrepparttar 119255 market.

More extensive research could have been done prior torepparttar 119256 approval and release of these drugs.

Advertising campaigns could have included more accurate information aboutrepparttar 119257 true effectiveness of these products.

A concerted effort was made to switch patients from less expensive prescriptions to these newer prescriptions which were much more expensive.

== What are Vioxx and Celebrex and what are they used for? == Vioxx and Celebrex are used to treatrepparttar 119258 chronic pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, acute short-term pain, and forrepparttar 119259 treatment of severe menstrual pain. Althoughrepparttar 119260 two medications are slightly different in their chemical composition, Vioxx and Celebrex are both classified as COX-2 inhibitors and belong to a larger group of drugs knows as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Other NSAIDs include older medications like ibuprofen and naproxen.

Serious problems, like Vioxx Heart Attacks, have been associated withrepparttar 119261 long-term use of NSAIDs. Problems include bleeding stomach ulcers, intestinal bleeding, Vioxx heart attack problems, and damage torepparttar 119262 liver and kidneys. These complications can occur with or without warning symptoms. These problems, if severe, could lead to hospitalization or death.

Michael Monheit, Esquire is the managing attorney for Monheit Law. The practice is focuses on plaintiff personal injury cases and Vioxx Lawyers info can be found at Vioxx Lawyer - Monheit Law


What was done about the inadequate Vioxx warnings?

Written by Michael Monheit, Esquire, Monheit Law, PC


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On its own, Merck issued only a luke warm Vioxx warning.

In some cases, experts say, such warnings on Vioxx's official labeling aren't sufficient. Since 2002, Merck's Vioxx warning mentioned increased cardiac risks based on results of its own post-approval study, but disputed its own findings andrepparttar drug remained onrepparttar 119251 market despiterepparttar 119252 Vioxx warning. Merck undertookrepparttar 119253 latest study because less-rigorous experiments indicated Vioxx could prevent recurrence of potentially cancerous colon polyps, said company spokesman Tony Plohoros.

Dr. Alastair Wood, professor of pharmacology and associate dean at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said it should not have taken so long forrepparttar 119254 heart risks to come to light. Had they come to light sooner, proper Vioxx warnings would have been issued.

People were hurt byrepparttar 119255 inadequate Vioxx warnings "A helluva lot of people gotrepparttar 119256 drug between 2000 and 2004, and a very quick, very cheap study would have determined that risk" hadrepparttar 119257 FDA taken a tougher stance afterrepparttar 119258 first sign of trouble, Wood said. If better studies were performed, Vioxx warnings would have been more stringent -- orrepparttar 119259 drug would not have been onrepparttar 119260 market at all.

Michael Monheit, Esquire is the managing attorney for Monheit Law. The practice is focuses on plaintiff personal injury cases and Vioxx Lawyers info can be found at Vioxx Lawyer - Monheit Law


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