Dosing of Arcoxia®
Arcoxia® is a medicine that belongs to the group of anti-inflammatory drugs.
It is used to relieve pain and swelling in the muscles and affected joints in the course of inflammatory and / or rheumatic diseases (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis).
The active ingredient of Arcoxia® is a drug called etoricoxib, which belongs to the class of cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors. The new thing about this active ingredient is the fact that it can selectively inhibit only one of the two cyclooxygenases occurring in the organism (only the COX-2), while type 1 cyclooxygenase remains unaffected.
This inhibition of COX-2 in turn has a throttling effect on the synthesis of prostaglandins. The prostaglandins are so-called tissue hormones that control a variety of signal processes in the body and in this way, among other things, convey pain perception.
Arcoxia® must not be used in any case with certain pre-existing conditions, as the symptoms can be adversely affected by long-term use.
Antirheumatic drugs in general and Arcoxia® preparations in particular should always be taken and dosed exactly as instructed by the attending physician. For any questions about taking it, possible Side effects or concerns, seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.
Basically, Arcoxia® or other drugs containing etoricoxib must not be taken by children or adolescents under 16 years of age. Even during the pregnancy and the subsequent Lactation Arcoxia® should never be used.
The medication dose to be taken must be determined by the attending physician depending on the extent of the disease in the respective patient; increasing the daily dose independently can have serious consequences.
In addition, the drug dosage and the success of the treatment should be discussed with the doctor at regular, close-knit check-ups.
It is important to always take the lowest possible concentration of active substance that is necessary for Pain relief sufficient, because the probability of the occurrence of serious side effects and possible complications increases with the level of the dosage.
It is also advisable to keep the duration of intake as short as possible.
Arcoxia® can basically be taken in four possible doses, as 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg or 120 mg Tablet. If necessary and after consultation with a doctor, a high-dose tablet can be taken within 24 hours.
As already mentioned, the daily drug dosage depends on the type and severity of the underlying disease and the restrictions (for example Pain) that this brings with it. At rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory disease of the joints, the recommended daily dose is approximately 90 mg. Under no circumstances should you take more than this amount per day without consulting your doctor.
Does a patient suffer from ankylosing spondylitis (ankylosing spondylitis), a chronic inflammatory, rheumatic disease with pain and stiffening of the affected joints, the maximum daily dose in these cases is around 90 mg. In the case of non-chronic, rather acute complaints, Arcoxia® may only be used as long as the pain is perceived by the patient as severely restrictive.
In gouty arthritis, in which uric acid crystals form in the affected area Joints comes, a dose of up to 120 mg can be taken within 24 hours during an acute attack. In such cases, however, the duration of the intake should never be a period of Exceed 7 to a maximum of 8 days.
Arcoxia® is being used more and more frequently in Dentistry, it is prescribed as a pain reliever after extensive dental surgery.
The recommended maximum daily dose is also around 90 mg in this indication and the duration of treatment should not last longer than 3 days.