Monday, June 13, 2005

Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex CURRENT (6-05) Alternatives

How many of us taking Vioxx, when it was taken off of the market, changed to Bextra? ME!! Then, when Bextra was taken off of the market, how many of us changed to Celebrex? ME, again! What will happen to us when Celebrex is taken off of the market? We need to explore this situation, look at today's alternatives, and, in discussions with our Doctors, decide what we do then; and, decide now, before then gets here!

Remember: this blog in no way prescribes any course of action; it does not offer any medical advice; that is between you and your Doctor(s). Its purpose is to empower you with information to assist in those conversations, to get the help that you need to live as high a quality of life that you can.

First and foremost, and, not to sound too much like a broken record, we each need to know our symptoms - all of them - and their direct and specific impact on us.

Next we need to know about Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex, and what the current alternatives are. Then, we can discuss these alternatives with our Doctors.

OK, you have to do the part about your symptoms yourself. For assistance check out the website www.disabilitykey.com.

Finally, before we begin, I found the following information in over a doxen of websites, and have summarized the data here for you.

What are Vioxx, Bextra, and Celebrex?

These three drugs are part of a large group of drugs called "nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs" or NSAIDS. They are part of a further subset within NSAIDS called "Cox-2 inhibitor (selective)". Now, there are a lot of additional NSAID medications; there are even "Cox-2 inhibitor (preferential)" drugs.

Alternative Suggestions

Alternative suggestions generally fall within three categories.

1) Other NSAIDS with a specific dosage calculated for only you, based on your symptoms (see why they are so important to document?). These seem to fall within OTC (over-the-counter) medications of Aleve, Motrin, and Advil. However, your Doctor can prescribe specific dosages for you.

2) There are certain additional drugs in the "Cox-2 inhibitor (preferential)" category that might be effective for you, based on your symptoms. These you will have to discuss with your Doctor to get the names.

3) "Natural Alternatives" These natural alternatives include, but are not limited to the following: curcumin, glucosamine with chondroitin, borage oil (containing high doses of gamma linolenic acid), or high doses of omega-3 fish oils. In addition, many suggest that accupuncture, non-impact exercises, and different diets.

If you have any additional suggestions or recommendations, we would love to hear them.

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