Comment from: Stefany 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: April 07

I've asked for this medication because I sprained my knee in 2 places, while I also have arthritis. I know I am taking WELL OVER the limit of Advil, a dangerous limit, so I thought this could be better. It isn't a cure all. I tend to still take an Advil at night, especially because I also have restless legs... but I can take one of these instead of 6 Advil, and don't have any side effects yet. I appreciate this alternative.

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Comment from: Marc 55-64 Male 10 years or more Patient Published: January 12

Have been on this drug for 17 years,the first 15yrs it was a 75 mg. dose it is no longer available, last 2 yrs 50 mg . Arthritic pain was so bad before I started taking it is was unable to walk most days.this drug has been a life changer for me and no side effects

Comment from: Ann 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: January 05

Was waiting for hip replacements and Dr. prescribed Aethrotec 50 to help in interim. Nothing else touched the pain, this has been a miracle for me. I've scrapped the idea of surgery and am living again. A little hard on the stomach and bowels, but worth it!

Comment from: Larry 65-74 Male 10 years or more Patient Published: October 02

Been taking this for 22 yrs. Had heart attack in June 15, they immediately stopped this med saying it could have caused my HA. Stayed off for 17 days, in that 17 days I needed pain meds to offset the absence of this med. Took 65 Vicadins in that 17 days and still was in terrible pain, could not walk, stand up unassisted not to mention a normal life. Was told over and over this med would kill me. So be it because without it I had no life at all. There is no substitute for it I went back on at 1/2 dose and now I got a life again. Whats worth living to 90 if your a zombie zoned out on pain meds. I have a full life , travel, do anything I want, sex, drive, walk have fun. They always don't have the right answer and a blanket answer to arthritic meds is not right either. Everything in moderation even medication. Not a pain pill in 3 months and only one arthrutec a day. Balance the risk. Oh yeah one doctor gave me a scrip for 100 vicodens with 5 refills, talk about zombies !

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Comment from: viv 55-64 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: March 29

have been out of pain with this drug, first time for years, need a replacement knee eventually but would prefer to keep my original one while this drug is so effective and I can do walking for miles which I could never do before, have no side effects whatsoever, been on it for 6-8 months long may it continue

Comment from: 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: February 01

Have been taking this off and on for 2 months and pretty well every time I have post menopausal bleeding. Drs don't think this is the issue but I have been keeping track and it appears it is. Anyone else? M 63 years old and have psoriatic arthritis. Arthrotec really helps other than the above issue.

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Comment from: sgtsdad 55-64 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: January 07

Due to rotator cuff problems - I took this drug (back around Aug 2008). Within days of using it I golfed 1 under par and par in the same week (never did that before) because I was pain free! My should got better and I stopped using it. I did notice some stomach irritation/hungry symptoms.

Comment from: arthotec 45-54 Female Patient Published: January 05

Christmas Night I slipped in the bathroom and smashed my tailbone, nothing worked to relieve the pain , this is a wonder drug

Comment from: rob 65-74 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: December 26

Been taking the medication for 4 days. Previously used ibuprofen for arthritis pain in hands, shoulders, and back. Dr perscribed Arthrotec 50 as an alternate medication. It has worked pain in hands, bsck,etc. Can sleep through the night now. Hope it continues!

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Comment from: Georgiegirl 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: March 04

I am able to once again enjoy dinner out, a movie and doing my own shopping. All things my knee pain kept me from doing for months. Even just walking in house was very painful. It also greatly helps control the swelling.

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Comment from: Marilyn 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: February 08

I found that using it after my hip replacement surgery only prolonged my swelling in my afflicted leg. Because it contains sodium I wouldn't recommend it after surgery unless you don't have any problems with swelling

Comment from: 35-44 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: December 12

Taking for migraines, works great for me. I still get the aura but no pain after

Comment from: Castle girl 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: November 09

Took naproxen for years and always had some pain, sometimes a lot and after 3 days on Arthrotec 50 mg. I have no pain what so ever!

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Comment from: Jane 75 or over Female 10 years or more Caregiver Published: September 16

About 15 years ago I limped into my doctor's office with osteoarthritis. He started me on arthrotec. The relief was almost immediate. I was forced to stop taking it for a couple of months and my pains came back big time. I even had an MRI recently to see if I had a rotator cuff problem. Back on it and all is well. It has given me such relief! Yes, I have IBS and this may make it a little worse, but it is better than pain! Thanks Arthrotec!

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Comment from: pam4given 55-64 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: July 04

Nothing seemed to work after taking over the counter NSAIDS and having shots to my knee. On it for a year now keep trying to get off it but the pain becomes debilitating. One pill a day does fine and sometimes I skip a day but the pain starts to build up without it. Small amount of abdominal discomfort noted but worry about bleeding. MD says its safe at the dose I'm taking. Its worth it to be out of pain.

Comment from: kathier 55-64 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: June 19

I have osteoarthritis in my knee. I was not at high risk of developing ulcers but this medication worked immediately to relieve my pain. I had tried other drugs like celebrex but they did not relieve my pain. I was on 2 pills a day at one point but now take only 1 50 mg pill a day.

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Comment from: Aciegray 65-74 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: April 10

My right hip is very worn out I was in great pain when my family physician prescribed Arthrotec 50 3 days later (for the first time in 40 years) I was out of pain

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