The FDA approved Pfizer’s arthritis drug Bextra in November 2001. Bextra quickly gained popularity as patients sought it not just for arthritis but for things like migraine headaches, acute pain, menstrual cramps and other symptoms, with minimal Bextra side effects.
Popular, but problematic
Soon, however, it became apparent that the health risks associated with the Bextra were not as benign as patients were led to believe.
In 2004, a study showed that combining Bextra with a low dose of aspirin causes any reduced Bextra side effects to be lost completely. [Timeline of events]
While the benefit of using Bextra has been questioned, especially since it was specifically designed to have a much lower ulcer risk, the study caused concerns greater than just gastrointestinal effects.
Evidence indicates that the side effects of Bextra may also include increased risk of heart disease.
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