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S782 LEAFLET Arcoxia 20141212

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER ARCOXIA 90mg TABLETS (etoricoxib)

Your medicine is known as Arcoxia 90mg Tablets but will be referred to as Arcoxia throughout the following patient information leaflet.

Information regarding other strengths i.e. 30mg, 60mg and 120mg is also present in the below leaflet.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.

•    Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

•    If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

•    This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.

•    If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.

What is in this leaflet

1.    What Arcoxia is and what it is used for

2.    What you need to know before you take Arcoxia

3.    How to take Arcoxia

4.    Possible side effects

5.    How to store Arcoxia

6.    Contents of the pack and other information

1. WHAT ARCOXIA IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

•    Arcoxia is one of a group of medicines called selective COX-2 inhibitors. These belong to a family of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

•    Arcoxia helps to reduce the pain and swelling (inflammation) in the joints and muscles of people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout.

•    Arcoxia is also used for the short term treatment of moderate pain after dental surgery.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints. It results from the gradual breakdown of cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones. This causes swelling (inflammation), pain, tenderness, stiffness and disability.

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long term inflammatory disease of the joints.

It causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and increasing loss of movement in the joints it affects. It may also cause inflammation in other areas of the body.

What is gout?

Gout is a disease of sudden, recurring attacks of very painful inflammation and redness in the joints.

It is caused by deposits of mineral crystals in the joint.

What is ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease of the spine and large joints.

2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE ARCOXIA

Do not take Arcoxia:

•    if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to etoricoxib or any of the other ingredients of Arcoxia (see Further information, section 6)

•    if you are allergic to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin and COX-2 inhibitors (see Possible Side Effects, section 4)

•    if you have a current stomach ulcer or bleeding in your stomach or intestines

•    if you have serious liver disease

•    if you have serious kidney disease

•    if you are or could be pregnant or are breast-feeding (see ‘Pregnancy and breast feeding')

•    if you are under 16 years of age

•    if you have inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or Colitis

•    if your doctor has diagnosed heart problems including heart failure (moderate or severe types), angina (chest pain) or if you have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, peripheral arterial disease (poor circulation in legs or feet due to narrow or blocked arteries), or any kind of stroke (including mini-stroke, transient ischaemic attack or TIA). Etoricoxib may slightly increase your risk of heart attack and stroke and this is why it should not be used in those who have already had heart problems or stroke

•    if you have high blood pressure that has not been controlled by treatment (check with your doctor or nurse if you are not sure whether your blood pressure is adequately controlled)

If you think any of these are relevant to you, do not take the tablets

until you have consulted your doctor.

•    You have a history of stomach bleeding or ulcers.

•    You are dehydrated, for example by a prolonged bout of vomiting or diarrhoea.

•    You have swelling due to fluid retention.

•    You have a history of heart failure, or any other form of heart disease.

•    You have a history of high blood pressure. Arcoxia can increase blood pressure in some people, especially in high doses, and your doctor will want to check your blood pressure from time to time.

• You have any history of liver or kidney disease.

• You are being treated for an infection. Arcoxia can mask or hide a fever, which is a sign of infection.

•    You are a woman trying to become pregnant.

•    You are elderly (i.e., over 65 years of age).

•    You have diabetes, high cholesterol, or are a smoker. These can increase your risk of heart disease.

If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor before taking Arcoxia to see if this medicine is suitable for you.

Arcoxia works equally well in older and younger adult patients. If you are elderly (i.e., over 65 years of age), your doctor will want to appropriately keep a check on you. No dosage adjustment is necessary for elderly patients.

Children and adolescents

Do not give this medicine to children and adolescents under 16 years of age.

Other medicines and Arcoxia

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

In particular if you are taking any of the following medicines, your doctor may want to monitor you to check that your medicines are working properly, once you start taking Arcoxia:

•    medicines that thin your blood (anticoagulants), such as warfarin

•    rifampicin (an antibiotic)

•    methotrexate (a drug used for suppressing the immune system, and often used in rheumatoid arthritis)

•    medicines used to help control high blood pressure and heart failure called ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers, examples include enalapril and ramipril, and losartan and valsartan

•    lithium (a medicine used to treat some types of depression)

•    diuretics (water tablets)

•    ciclosporin or tacrolimus (drugs used for suppressing the immune system)

•    digoxin (a medicine for heart failure and irregular heart rhythm)

•    minoxidil (a drug used to treat high blood pressure)

•    salbutamol tablets or oral solution (a medicine for asthma)

•    birth control pills

•    hormone replacement therapy

•    aspirin, the risk of stomach ulcers is greater if you take Arcoxia with aspirin.

-    Arcoxia can be taken with low-dose aspirin. If you are currently taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks or stroke, you should not stop taking aspirin until you talk to your doctor

-    do not take high dose aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines while taking Arcoxia

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Arcoxia tablets must not be taken during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or think you could be pregnant, or if you are planning to become pregnant, do not take the tablets. If you become pregnant, stop taking the tablets and consult your doctor. Consult your doctor if you are unsure or need more advice.

It is not known if Arcoxia is excreted in human milk. If you are breastfeeding, or planning to breast-feed, consult your doctor before taking Arcoxia. If you are using Arcoxia, you must not breast-feed.

Arcoxia with food and drink

The onset of the effect of Arcoxia may be faster when taken without food.

Driving and using machines

Dizziness and sleepiness have been reported in some patients taking Arcoxia.

Do not drive if you experience dizziness or sleepiness.

Do not use any tools or machines if you experience dizziness or sleepiness.

Arcoxia contains lactose

If you have been told by your doctor that you are unable to tolerate some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

3. HOW TO TAKE ARCOXIA

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Arcoxia Tablets should not be taken by children or adolescents under 16 years of age.

Take Arcoxia Tablets by mouth once a day. Arcoxia can be taken with or without food.

Do not take more than the recommended dose for your condition. Your doctor will want to discuss your treatment from time to time. It is important that you use the lowest dose that controls your pain and you should not take Arcoxia for longer than necessary. This is because the risk of heart attacks and strokes might increase after prolonged treatment, especially with high doses.

Osteoarthritis

The recommended dose is 30 mg once a day, increase to a maximum of 60 mg once a day if needed.

Rheumatoid arthritis

The recommended dose is 90 mg once a day.

Ankylosing spondylitis

The recommended dose is 90 mg once a day.

Acute pain conditions

Etoricoxib should be used only for the acute painful period.

Gout

The recommended dose is 120 mg once a day which should only be used for the acute painful period, limited to a maximum of 8 days treatment.

Postoperative dental surgery pain

The recommended dose is 90 mg once daily, limited to a maximum of 3 days treatment.

People with liver problems

•    If you have mild liver disease, you should not take more than 60 mg a day.

•    If you have moderate liver disease, you should not take more than 30 mg a day.

If you take more Arcoxia than you should

You should never take more tablets than the doctor recommends. If you do take too many Arcoxia tablets, you should seek medical attention immediately.

If you forget to take Arcoxia

It is important to take Arcoxia as your doctor has prescribed. If you miss a dose, just resume your usual schedule the following day. Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten tablet.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Arcoxia can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

•    gastroenteritis (inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that involves both the stomach and small intestine/stomach flu), upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection

•    decreased number of red blood cells, decreased number of white blood cells, platelets decreased

•    hypersensitivity (an allergic reaction including hives which may be serious enough to require immediate medical attention)

•    appetite increases or decreases, weight gain

•    anxiety, depression, decreases in mental sharpness; seeing, feeling or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations)

•    taste alteration, inability to sleep, numbness or tingling, sleepiness

•    blurred vision, eye irritation and redness

•    ringing in the ears, vertigo (sensation of spinning while remaining still)

•    abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation), fast heart rate, heart failure, feeling of tightness, pressure or heaviness in the chest (angina pectoris), heart attack

•    flushing, stroke, mini-stroke (transient ischaemic attack), severe increase in blood pressure, inflammation of the blood vessels

•    cough, breathlessness, nose bleed

•    stomach or bowel bloating, changes in your bowel habits, dry mouth, stomach ulcer, inflammation of the stomach lining that can become serious and may lead to bleeding, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammation of the pancreas

•    swelling of the face, skin rash or itchy skin, redness of the skin

•    muscle cramp/spasm, muscle pain/stiffness

•    high levels of potassium in your blood, changes in blood or urine tests relating to your kidney, serious kidney problems

•    chest pain

Rare:

   angioedema (an allergic reaction with swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat which may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing, which may be serious enough to require immediate medical attention)/anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions including shock (a serious allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention)

•    confusion, restlessness

•    liver problems (hepatitis)

•    low blood levels of sodium

•    liver failure, yellowing of the skin and/or eyes (jaundice)

•    severe skin reactions

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can

also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:

www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the

safety of this medicine.

If you develop any of these signs you should stop Arcoxia and talk to your doctor immediately:

•    shortness of breath, chest pains, or ankle swelling appear or if they get worse

•    yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) - these are signs of liver problems

•    severe or continual stomach pain or your stools become black

•    an allergic reaction- which can include skin problems such as ulcers or blistering, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat which may cause difficulty in breathing

The frequency of possible side effects listed below is defined using the following convention:

Very common (affects more than 1 user in 10)

Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)

Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000)

Rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)

Very rare (affects less than 1 user in 10,000)

The following side effects can occur during treatment with Arcoxia: Very common:

•    stomach pain

Common:

•    dry socket (inflammation and pain after a tooth extraction)

•    swelling of the legs and/or feet due to fluid retention (oedema)

•    dizziness, headache

•    palpitations (fast or irregular heartbeat), irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia),

•    increased blood pressure

•    wheezing or shortness of breath (bronchospasms)

•    constipation, wind (excessive gas), gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach), heartburn, diarrhoea, indigestion (dyspepsia)/stomach discomfort, nausea, being sick (vomiting), inflammation of the oesophagus, mouth ulcers

•    changes in blood tests related to your liver

•    bruising

•    weakness and fatigue, flu-like illness

5. HOW TO STORE ARCOXIA

   KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.

•    Store in the original package to protect from moisture.

•    Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton label or blister strip.

•    If your doctor tells you to stop using the medicine, please take it back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep the medicine if your doctor tells you to.

•    If the medicine becomes discoloured or shows any other signs of deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION

What Arcoxia contains

•    The active substance in Arcoxia is etoricoxib.

Each film-coated tablet contains 90mg of the active ingredient, etoricoxib.

•    Arcoxia also contains the following inactive ingredients: dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, carnauba wax, microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, glyceryl triacetate and titanium dioxide E171.

What Arcoxia looks like and contents of the pack

Arcoxia Tablets are white, apple shaped, biconvex, film-coated tablets marked ‘202' on one side and plain on the other side.

Arcoxia Tablets are available as blister packs of 20 or 30 tablets. Product Licence holder

Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder: S&M Medical Ltd, Chemilines House, Alperton Lane, Wembley, HA0 1DX.

Manufacturer

This product is manufactured by Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V., Haarlem, The Netherlands.

I POM | PL No: 19488/0782

Leaflet revision date: 12 December 2014

Arcoxia is a registered trade mark of Merck & Co Inc USA.

S782 LEAFLET Arcoxia 20141212

S782 LEAFLET Etoricoxib 20141212

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER ETORICOXIB 90mg TABLETS

Your medicine is known as Etoricoxib 90mg Tablets but will be referred to as Etoricoxib Tablets throughout the following patient information leaflet.

Information regarding other strengths i.e. 30mg, 60mg and 120mg is also present in the below leaflet.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.

•    Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

•    If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

•    This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.

•    If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.

What is in this leaflet

1.    What Etoricoxib Tablets are and what they are used for

2.    What you need to know before you take Etoricoxib Tablets

3.    How to take Etoricoxib Tablets

4.    Possible side effects

5.    How to store Etoricoxib Tablets

6.    Contents of the pack and other information

1. WHAT ETORICOXIB TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR

•    Etoricoxib Tablet is one of a group of medicines called selective COX-2 inhibitors. These belong to a family of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

•    Etoricoxib Tablets help to reduce the pain and swelling (inflammation) in the joints and muscles of people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout.

•    Etoricoxib Tablets are also used for the short term treatment of moderate pain after dental surgery.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints. It results from the gradual breakdown of cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones. This causes swelling (inflammation), pain, tenderness, stiffness and disability.

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long term inflammatory disease of the joints.

It causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and increasing loss of movement in the joints it affects. It may also cause inflammation in other areas of the body.

What is gout?

Gout is a disease of sudden, recurring attacks of very painful inflammation and redness in the joints.

It is caused by deposits of mineral crystals in the joint.

What is ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease of the spine and large joints.

2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE ETORICOXIB TABLETS

Do not take Etoricoxib Tablets:

•    if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to etoricoxib or any of the other ingredients of Etoricoxib Tablets (see Further information, section 6)

•    if you are allergic to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin and COX-2 inhibitors (see Possible Side Effects, section 4)

•    if you have a current stomach ulcer or bleeding in your stomach or intestines

•    if you have serious liver disease

•    if you have serious kidney disease

•    if you are or could be pregnant or are breast-feeding (see ‘Pregnancy and breast feeding')

•    if you are under 16 years of age

•    if you have inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or Colitis

•    if your doctor has diagnosed heart problems including heart failure (moderate or severe types), angina (chest pain) or if you have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, peripheral arterial disease (poor circulation in legs or feet due to narrow or blocked arteries), or any kind of stroke (including mini-stroke, transient ischaemic attack or TIA). Etoricoxib may slightly increase your risk of heart attack and stroke and this is why it should not be used in those who have already had heart problems or stroke

•    if you have high blood pressure that has not been controlled by treatment (check with your doctor or nurse if you are not sure whether your blood pressure is adequately controlled)

If you think any of these are relevant to you, do not take the tablets

until you have consulted your doctor.

•    You have a history of stomach bleeding or ulcers.

•    You are dehydrated, for example by a prolonged bout of vomiting or diarrhoea.

•    You have swelling due to fluid retention.

•    You have a history of heart failure, or any other form of heart disease.

•    You have a history of high blood pressure. Etoricoxib Tablets can increase blood pressure in some people, especially in high doses, and your doctor will want to check your blood pressure from time to time.

•    You have any history of liver or kidney disease.

•    You are being treated for an infection. Etoricoxib Tablets can mask or hide a fever, which is a sign of infection.

•    You are a woman trying to become pregnant.

•    You are elderly (i.e., over 65 years of age).

•    You have diabetes, high cholesterol, or are a smoker. These can increase your risk of heart disease.

If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor before taking Etoricoxib Tablets to see if this medicine is suitable for you.

Etoricoxib Tablets work equally well in older and younger adult patients. If you are elderly (i.e., over 65 years of age), your doctor will want to appropriately keep a check on you. No dosage adjustment is necessary for elderly patients.

Children and adolescents

Do not give this medicine to children and adolescents under 16 years of age.

Other medicines and Etoricoxib Tablets

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

In particular if you are taking any of the following medicines, your doctor may want to monitor you to check that your medicines are working properly, once you start taking Etoricoxib Tablets:

•    medicines that thin your blood (anticoagulants), such as warfarin

•    rifampicin (an antibiotic)

•    methotrexate (a drug used for suppressing the immune system, and often used in rheumatoid arthritis)

•    medicines used to help control high blood pressure and heart failure called ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers, examples include enalapril and ramipril, and losartan and valsartan

•    lithium (a medicine used to treat some types of depression)

•    diuretics (water tablets)

•    ciclosporin or tacrolimus (drugs used for suppressing the immune system)

•    digoxin (a medicine for heart failure and irregular heart rhythm)

•    minoxidil (a drug used to treat high blood pressure)

•    salbutamol tablets or oral solution (a medicine for asthma)

•    birth control pills

•    hormone replacement therapy

•    aspirin, the risk of stomach ulcers is greater if you take Etoricoxib Tablets with aspirin.

-    Etoricoxib Tablets can be taken with low-dose aspirin. If you are currently taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks or stroke, you should not stop taking aspirin until you talk to your doctor

-    do not take high dose aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines while taking Etoricoxib Tablets

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Etoricoxib Tablets must not be taken during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or think you could be pregnant, or if you are planning to become pregnant, do not take the tablets. If you become pregnant, stop taking the tablets and consult your doctor. Consult your doctor if you are unsure or need more advice.

It is not known if Etoricoxib Tablets are excreted in human milk. If you are breast-feeding, or planning to breast-feed, consult your doctor before taking Etoricoxib Tablets. If you are using Etoricoxib Tablets, you must not breast-feed.

Etoricoxib Tablets with food and drink

The onset of the effect of Etoricoxib Tablets may be faster when taken without food.

Driving and using machines

Dizziness and sleepiness have been reported in some patients taking Etoricoxib Tablets.

Do not drive if you experience dizziness or sleepiness.

Do not use any tools or machines if you experience dizziness or sleepiness.

Etoricoxib Tablets contain lactose

If you have been told by your doctor that you are unable to tolerate some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

3. HOW TO TAKE ETORICOXIB TABLETS

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

gastroenteritis (inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that involves both the stomach and small intestine/stomach flu), upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection decreased number of red blood cells, decreased number of white blood cells, platelets decreased

hypersensitivity (an allergic reaction including hives which may be serious enough to require immediate medical attention) appetite increases or decreases, weight gain anxiety, depression, decreases in mental sharpness; seeing, feeling or hearing things that are not there (hallucinations) taste alteration, inability to sleep, numbness or tingling, sleepiness blurred vision, eye irritation and redness

ringing in the ears, vertigo (sensation of spinning while remaining still)

abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation), fast heart rate, heart failure, feeling of tightness, pressure or heaviness in the chest (angina pectoris), heart attack

flushing, stroke, mini-stroke (transient ischaemic attack), severe increase in blood pressure, inflammation of the blood vessels cough, breathlessness, nose bleed

stomach or bowel bloating, changes in your bowel habits, dry

mouth, stomach ulcer, inflammation of the stomach lining that can

become serious and may lead to bleeding, irritable bowel

syndrome, inflammation of the pancreas

swelling of the face, skin rash or itchy skin, redness of the skin

muscle cramp/spasm, muscle pain/stiffness

high levels of potassium in your blood, changes in blood or urine

tests relating to your kidney, serious kidney problems

chest pain


Etoricoxib Tablets should not be taken by children or adolescents under 16 years of age.

Take Etoricoxib Tablets by mouth once a day. Etoricoxib Tablets can be taken with or without food.

Do not take more than the recommended dose for your condition. Your doctor will want to discuss your treatment from time to time. It is important that you use the lowest dose that controls your pain and you should not take Etoricoxib Tablets for longer than necessary. This is because the risk of heart attacks and strokes might increase after prolonged treatment, especially with high doses.

Osteoarthritis

The recommended dose is 30 mg once a day, increase to a maximum of 60 mg once a day if needed.

Rheumatoid arthritis

The recommended dose is 90 mg once a day.

Ankylosing spondylitis

The recommended dose is 90 mg once a day.

Acute pain conditions

Etoricoxib should be used only for the acute painful period.

Gout

The recommended dose is 120 mg once a day which should only be used for the acute painful period, limited to a maximum of 8 days treatment.

Postoperative dental surgery pain

The recommended dose is 90 mg once daily, limited to a maximum of 3 days treatment.

People with liver problems

•    If you have mild liver disease, you should not take more than 60 mg a day.

•    If you have moderate liver disease, you should not take more than 30 mg a day.

If you take more Etoricoxib Tablets than you should

You should never take more tablets than the doctor recommends. If you do take too many Etoricoxib Tablets, you should seek medical attention immediately.

If you forget to take Etoricoxib Tablets

It is important to take Etoricoxib Tablets as your doctor has prescribed. If you miss a dose, just resume your usual schedule the following day. Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten tablet.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Etoricoxib Tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

If you develop any of these signs you should stop Etoricoxib Tablets and talk to your doctor immediately:

•    shortness of breath, chest pains, or ankle swelling appear or if they get worse

•    yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) - these are signs of liver problems

•    severe or continual stomach pain or your stools become black

•    an allergic reaction- which can include skin problems such as ulcers or blistering, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat which may cause difficulty in breathing

The frequency of possible side effects listed below is defined using the following convention:

Very common (affects more than 1 user in 10)

Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)

Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000)

Rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)

Very rare (affects less than 1 user in 10,000)

The following side effects can occur during treatment with Etoricoxib Tablets:

Very common:

•    stomach pain

Common:

•    dry socket (inflammation and pain after a tooth extraction)

•    swelling of the legs and/or feet due to fluid retention (oedema)

•    dizziness, headache

•    palpitations (fast or irregular heartbeat), irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia),

•    increased blood pressure

•    wheezing or shortness of breath (bronchospasms)

•    constipation, wind (excessive gas), gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach), heartburn, diarrhoea, indigestion (dyspepsia)/stomach discomfort, nausea, being sick (vomiting), inflammation of the oesophagus, mouth ulcers

•    changes in blood tests related to your liver

•    bruising

•    weakness and fatigue, flu-like illness

Rare:

   angioedema (an allergic reaction with swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat which may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing, which may be serious enough to require immediate medical attention)/anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions including shock (a serious allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention)

•    confusion, restlessness

•    liver problems (hepatitis)

•    low blood levels of sodium

•    liver failure, yellowing of the skin and/or eyes (jaundice)

•    severe skin reactions

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can

also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:

www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the

safety of this medicine.

5. HOW TO STORE ETORICOXIB TABLETS

   KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.

•    Store in the original package to protect from moisture.

•    Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton label or blister strip.

•    If your doctor tells you to stop using the medicine, please take it back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep the medicine if your doctor tells you to.

•    If the medicine becomes discoloured or shows any other signs of deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.

6. CONTENT OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION

What Etoricoxib Tablets contains

•    The active substance in Etoricoxib Tablets is etoricoxib.

Each film-coated tablet contains 90mg of the active ingredient, etoricoxib.

•    Etoricoxib Tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients: dibasic calcium phosphate anhydrous, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, carnauba wax, microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, glyceryl triacetate and titanium dioxide E171.

What Etoricoxib Tablets look like and contents of the pack

Etoricoxib Tablets are white, apple shaped, biconvex, film-coated tablet marked ‘202' on one side and plain on the other side.

Etoricoxib Tablets are available as blister packs of 20 or 30 tablets. Product Licence holder

Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder: S&M Medical Ltd, Chemilines House, Alperton Lane, Wembley, HA0 1DX.

Manufacturer

This product is manufactured by Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V., Haarlem, The Netherlands.

|POM | PL No: 19488/0782

Leaflet revision date: 12 December 2014

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