Vioxx is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Vioxx is also called rofecoxib, and it is manufactured and developed by Merck, and is used to treat a few different painful medical conditions such as:
- Menstrual Pain
- Acute Joint Pain
The FDA approved Vioxx in 1999 as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Vioxx reduces pain and inflammation by inhibiting the COX-2 enzyme within the body that causes swelling and inflammation.
At first, Vioxx was a preferred choice over other NSAIDs because it didn’t cause gastro intestinal side effects. Unfortunately, as Vioxx use began spreading, it was found that it caused other more serious side effects, including:
- Heart Attack
- Sudden Cardiac Death
- Abdominal Pain
- Blood in Vomit
- Flu-like Symptoms
- Yellowing of Skin or Eyes
Vioxx is a dangerous drug, and after an increasing number of reports showing that consumers were suffering from the above side effects, Merck pulled Vioxx off the shelves in 2004.