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Why is Vioxx being recalled?

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Updated June 20, 2014

Question: Why is Vioxx being recalled?
Answer: Vioxx, a popular arthritis treatment medication, has been voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer, the Merck Corporation.

Vioxx is one of the newer arthritis treatment medication, in a class of medications called the COX-2 Inhibitors. These medications include drugs such as Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra. The medications were developed to have the same benefits as Motrin and Ibuprofen, without the potential stomach-related side-effects. For more information about these medications, read through the information on anti-inflammatory medications.

Vioxx was recalled because of the potential cardiac risks that were found in a recent study of this drug. In the study, patients who regularly took Vioxx for a period of 18 months or longer, had an increased risk of cardiac events, such as heart attack and stroke.

Because of the results of this study, Vioxx was abruptly removed from the market, and consumers must now find a new alternative for arthritis treatment.

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