What is rofecoxib?

Rofecoxib is no longer available in the United States.

Rofecoxib is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This drug works by blocking your production of a natural body chemical that causes inflammation, pain, and fever. Rofecoxib was primarily used to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by arthritis. It was also used to treat menstrual pain and migraines. In 2004, this drug was voluntarily withdrawn from sale worldwide by the manufacturer because of concerns that it caused an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes

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