Has anyone tried Bekstra?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Princessraye, May 19, 2003.

  1. Princessraye

    Princessraye New Member

    My mom is doing well on Bekstra even though she and I are normally allergic to any type of arthritis meds. (she has osteoarthritis and fibro) She is encouraging me to try it and stop taking my narcotic medicines . (codeine) I was wondering if any of you have had positive results with Beckstra????
  2. MemoryLane

    MemoryLane Member

    November 15, 2002 Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA


    FDA and Pharmacia are advising health care professionals about new warnings and information in the product labeling of the drug Bextra (valdecoxib), a drug approved for treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain). The labeling is being updated with new warnings following postmarketing reports of serious adverse effects including life-threatening risks related to skin reactions -- including Stevens Johnson Syndrome, and anaphylactoid reactions (serious allergic reactions). In addition, the labeling will state that the drug is contraindicated -- not to be used -- in patients allergic to sulfa containing products.

    On November 13, 2002, Pharmacia, the manufacturer of Bextra sent letters to health care professionals advising them of postmarketing reports and new warnings that will be included in the drug label. Since the firm began marketing the drug in March of 2002, cases of the serious skin and hypersensitivity reactions have been reported. These included cases of Stevens Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, exfoliative dermatitis and erythema multiforme. Although these adverse events are rare, some of these patients required hospitalization. Based on these reports, FDA has approved labeling changes for Bextra that include a warning for serious skin reactions. As these reactions can be life threatening, people who start Bextra and experience a rash should discontinue the drug immediately.

    Health care professionals are encouraged to report any unexpected adverse or serious events associated with the use of Bextra directly to Pharmacia Corporation, Peapack, N.J. at 1-800-323-4204 or to the FDA MedWatch program at 1-800-FDA-1088. The Medwatch form is available online (or fax, 1800-FDA-0178) to MedWatch, HFD-410, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

    Princess - If you encounter any problems with Bextra you may want to ask the doctor about Arthrotec. It's made by the same company as Bextra and is supposed to be extra safe for your stomach. My mother takes it after having tried Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra. She has stomach damage and Inflammatory Bowel Disease and it has been great for her.

    Wishing you well,

  3. Princessraye

    Princessraye New Member

    Thanks Lane
    I will print that out and mail it to mom.