Bextra, like Vioxx, is used to treat the pain, inflammation and swelling that is usually associated with arthritis. The FDA approved Bextra, or valdecoxib, in 2001 to treat people suffering from the effects of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike traditional NSAIDS, Bextra only inhibits the COX-2 enzyme in the body. The COX-2 enzyme is the primary cause of the pain, swelling, and inflammation associated with arthritis.
Initially, patients prescribed Bextra were delighted to find that it didn’t cause the gastrointestinal problems normally associated with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Unfortunately, after Bextra was approved by the FDA and released to the public, it was determined to have other more dangerous side effects. Bextra has been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Stevens Johnson Syndrome
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
- Exfoliative Dermatitis
- Abdominal Pain
- Flu-like Symptoms
Bextra is a dangerous drug, and many people are filing lawsuits against the drug marketers, Pfizer and Pharmacia, to recover compensation for their injuries.