Vioxx, also medically known as rofecoxib, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which is used to relieve pain and swelling. It is used to relieve pain associated with arthritis, acute pain, migraines and menstrual pain.

Vioxx works by blocking the enzymes in your body which produce prostaglandins which ultimately helps reduce pain and swelling.

This medicine can be taken orally in the form of a tablet or liquid.

Common side effects associated with Vioxx include weakness, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, heartburn, gas vomiting and dizziness.

Occasionally, Vioxx may be prescribed for other purposes, as suggested by your doctor.

Note In 2005, Merck & Co. Inc announced a voluntary withdrawal of Vioxx from the market due to concerns related to the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes associated with the use of Vioxx. Some tests have proven a direct link between Vioxx and other cardiovascular trauma.

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