Valdecoxib (Withdrawn from US Market-April 2005)

Valdecoxib is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. This type of drug is used to help control arthritis pain, stiffness and tenderness by inhibiting the production of a body substance that causes inflammation. This drug is no longer available in the United States because of safety concerns.

Side Effects/Warnings

This medication can cause heart problems in people who have a prior history of heart disease. Patients who have undergone coronary bypass surgery in the past two years are at risk of heart attack or stroke if they use this medication.

Valdecoxib causes serious skin problems. Some patients develop a rash and other signs of allergic reactions. If not treated, this reaction can be fatal.

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