By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel


What is Arcoxia® (etoricoxib) used for?

Arcoxia® is commonly used for these following conditions, such as:

How should I take Arcoxia® (etoricoxib)?

This drug comes as tablet. Drink it whole with a full glass of water. Do not chew or crush.

How do I store Arcoxia® (etoricoxib)?

Arcoxia® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Arcoxia® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Arcoxia® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Arcoxia® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Arcoxia® (etoricoxib)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Arcoxia® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You are having major surgery and have conditions which increase your risk of coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or smoking.
  • You are having major surgery on your heart or arteries.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Arcoxia® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Arcoxia®.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Arcoxia® (etoricoxib)?

Tell your doctor if you notice or have any of the following and they worry you:

  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Uncomfortable feeling or pain in the stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles or feet
  • High blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

Additionally, the following have been reported:

  • Allergic reactions including rash, itching and hives
  • Severe skin reactions
  • Taste alteration
  • Wheezing
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Drowsiness
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Severe increase in blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Platelets decreased

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Arcoxia® (etoricoxib)?

Arcoxia® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products that may interact with your drug, including:

  • Warfarin, a medicine used to prevent blood clots
  • Rifampicin, an antibiotic used to treat tuberculosis and other infections
  • Water pills (diuretics)
  • ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers, medicines used to lower high blood pressure or treat heart failure
  • Lithium, a medicine used to treat a certain type of depression
  • Birth control pills
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Methotrexate, a medicine used to suppress the immune system

Does food or alcohol interact with Arcoxia® (etoricoxib)?

Arcoxia® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Arcoxia® (etoricoxib)?

Arcoxia® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Especially if you have these following:

  • History of angina
  • Heart attack or a blocked artery in your heart
  • Narrow or blocked arteries of the extremities
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Heart failure
  • High blood pressure


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Arcoxia® (etoricoxib).

What is the dose of Arcoxia® (etoricoxib) for an adult?

For osteoarthritis, the recommended dose is 60 mg once a day.

For rheumatoid arthritis, the recommended dose is 90 mg once a day.

For ankylosing spondylitis, the recommended dose is 90 mg once a day.

For the relief of gout attacks, the recommended dose is 120 mg once a day, which should only be used for the acute painful period.

For the relief of chronic musculoskeletal pain, the recommended dose is 60 mg once a day.

What is the dose of Arcoxia® (etoricoxib) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Arcoxia® (etoricoxib) available?

Arcoxia® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Arcoxia®30 mg film-coated tablets
  • Arcoxia®60 mg film-coated tablets
  • Arcoxia®90 mg film-coated tablets
  • Arcoxia®120 mg film-coated tablets

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Arcoxia®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: June 7, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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