Vioxx , Could someone answer a ? for me

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Bunnylover, Dec 7, 2002.

  1. Bunnylover

    Bunnylover New Member

    Hi All, I don't like taking my pain meds all the time and Dr. gave me some samples of Vioxx but they don't seem to help. I've looked and can't find out how long it takes before it starts working. Does it have to be in your system for awhile or is it supposed to start working right away. I have spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis. I have Lortab,ultram meds but hate the way they make you feel and also know they are addictive. Thanks Terri
  2. Bunnylover

    Bunnylover New Member

    Hi All, I don't like taking my pain meds all the time and Dr. gave me some samples of Vioxx but they don't seem to help. I've looked and can't find out how long it takes before it starts working. Does it have to be in your system for awhile or is it supposed to start working right away. I have spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis. I have Lortab,ultram meds but hate the way they make you feel and also know they are addictive. Thanks Terri
  3. rbtheidmanhabs

    rbtheidmanhabs New Member

    Hi Bunnylover!
    Well I was taking vioxx for bursitis of the hip.But had severe swelling of the legs and feet.So had to stopp.It did help me for a little while.Now I am on Mobicox.I'll let you know how it works.

    Brenda
  4. Bunnylover

    Bunnylover New Member

    Thanks for your info. How long did it take to work,did it work right away or did you find you needed several doses for it to start working. I have swelling when I take Lortab,but it usually goes away. Thanks Terri
  5. catgal

    catgal New Member

    Hi Terri~~I have FM/CFS, osteo & rheumatoid arthritis, and advanced degenerative disc disease with several other back problems which causes me a great deal of pain and discomfort. I took naproxen, but it ate my stomach up. Then I switched to Vioxx which took about a week to kick in, but I got breakthrough bleeding with it and had to stop taking it. Then they put me on celebrex which does absolutely nothing for me. However, I have several friends who take Vioxx and they say after it kicked in that it helped them. Give it a couple of weeks trial, and if you don't see any improvement--tell your physician and try something else.

    I get my only relief from narcotic pain management. However, I had to search for a physician that was willing to treat chronic pain with narcotics. Most just want to put you on anti-inflamatories or antidepressants. None of which worked for me. Hope you find relief soon as I know how debilitating and painful back problems can be. Carol...
  6. JP

    JP New Member

    Hello Terri,

    I take Vioxx for osteoarthritis and for an elevated SED rate. I can't remember how quickly it worked. I would guess, by the nature of the med, that you would need to take it for a few days. Inflammation can be a bit rough to treat expecting immediate results...unless you are injected at a specific location.

    I have been on 50mg per day for some time now. I do know if I miss a dose I am in trouble by the next day. Sometimes I try to get by with 25mg a day and I really seem to need 50mgs. I use other medications to help with chronic pain. Vioxx and Elavil really help to reduce my nerve pain. Narcotics 3X per day help to keep my pain more stable. My disability is spine related and my FM is secondary to my spine pain. So, I really don't know if Vioxx is a good med for your condition. It sure has made a difference for me.

    All these meds and I am as sober as a church mouse...pain is so consuming...I do hope you find some relief with the Vioxx. You might want to explore the difference between addiction and dependence. Rarely does an individual with chronic pain ever experience addiction. Generally, you will not experience a high from your medication. If it is making you feel funny, you may need to try something new or a different dose. It can help to take the edge off of your pain and improve the quality of life. There is tremendous stigma attached to narcotic use for benign pain AND we are evolving in this arena. I believe that the constant pain is more damaging than the use of narcotics. All in all, I have my liver checked every three months for my own peace of mind. It is working well...

    Take care...jan
  7. rbtheidmanhabs

    rbtheidmanhabs New Member

    Hi Bunnylover!
    The Vioxx had just started to work real good after a week and I had to stop it because of leg and feet swelling.I have been taking Mobicox for a week now and it's doing nothing.I see the specialist on thursday at our hosp.So we'll see what's up then.I'll let you know.

    Brenda
  8. kellym

    kellym New Member

    Hi Terri. I took Vioxx for a little bit, but it didn't seem to do any good.
    Lots of luck finding the one that works!
  9. Kathryn

    Kathryn New Member

    I took it for about two years for pain from my initial shoulder injury and osteo arthritis. I seem to remember that it took several days to kick in, but it did help me more than a number of my other meds seemed to. It will not help your FM, which is not an inflammatory condition, but I would definitely gove it a try for Spinal stenosis and arthritis. Do be sure that you take it with food. I hope it helps you.
    Kathryn
  10. Milo83

    Milo83 New Member

    and it did seem to help..I'd say it took a good 10days to get the full affect if not more..Then this past July, for no reason, rhuemy took me off of it and put me on Mobic..Just said he wanted me off of it, and that it can cause you to retain water..Mobic works about the same as the Vioxx did for me..Not a cure all, but it sure helps..
    Best of Luck.........Take Care......Donna