COX-2 Inhibitor Medications (cont.)
Annette (Gbemudu) Ogbru, PharmD, MBA
Dr. Gbemudu received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Nova Southeastern University, her PharmD degree from University of Maryland, and MBA degree from University of Baltimore. She completed a one year post-doctoral fellowship with Rutgers University and Bristol Myers Squibb.
In this Article
- What are COX-2 inhibitors, and how do they work?
- For what conditions are COX-2 inhibitors used?
- Are there any differences among the different types of COX-2 inhibitors?
- What are the side effects of COX-2 inhibitors?
- With which drugs do COX-2 inhibitors interact?
- Which COX-2 inhibitors are available?
For what conditions are COX-2 inhibitors used?
COX-2 inhibitors are used for treating conditions that cause inflammation, mild to moderate pain, and fever. Examples include:
Are there any differences among the different types of COX-2 inhibitors?
Celecoxib is the only COX-2 inhibitor currently available in the United States. Rofecoxib (Vioxx) and valdecoxib (Bextra) are no longer available because they increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes with long term use. Rofecoxib was discontinued in 2004 and valdecoxib was discontinued in 2005.
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