Arcoxia® for tendonitis
Arcoxia can also be used to treat tendonitis. In doing so, one makes use of the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect of the active ingredient. Arcoxia is usually used as a reserve agent, i.e. it is used when other drugs do not have sufficient effect. Arcoxia develops its effect relatively quickly. Due to the many possible side effects, however, Arcoxia is only prescribed very cautiously.
Arcoxia® is available in dosages of 60, 90 and 120 mg. The manufacturer recommends a once daily intake. The maximum daily dose is 120 mg per day (there are, however, restrictions in the indication and duration, e.g. gout attack 120 mg Arcoxia® for 8 days maximum).
Arcoxia® with the active substance etoricoxib is generally used as an analgesic. However, there are different dosages for which the respective areas of application differ. Arcoxia® 60 means that one tablet contains 60 milligrams of the active ingredient etoricoxib.
This dosage is primarily used to treat the pain of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, a wear-related bone disease in which the joint cartilage wears down more than normal, causes joint pain that can be treated well with Arcoxia® 60. The pain-relieving effect of Arcoxia® is the main focus here.
Arcoxia® 90 contains 90 milligrams of etoricoxib and thus allows the treatment of stronger pain. Arcoxia® 90 is particularly indicated for acute pain conditions, including pain after tooth extraction and inflammatory pain. Inflammatory pain occurs in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammation of the joints.
90 milligrams of etoricoxib not only relieve pain, but also have an anti-inflammatory and decongestant effect on the joints. Another area of application for Arcoxia® 90 is ankylosing spondylitis. The highest dosage contains Arcoxia® 120, i.e. 120 milligrams of etoricoxib.
The acute attack of gout is treated with Arcoxia® 120, but treatment should not last longer than one week, as the drug is excreted via the kidneys and therefore places a high burden on the kidneys. In addition, prolonged treatment with active ingredients from the coxibe group (e.g. etoricoxib) has been shown to increase the risk of heart attack and thrombosis in many patients. The maximum dose of Arcoxia® depends on the cause of the treatment and the underlying diseases: For all these diseases, the effect does not increase after the maximum dose of Arcoxia®, but the proportion of side effects increases significantly.
The maximum dose does not change with age. However, if liver disease is present, it must be reduced to 60mg per day and further adjusted depending on the severity of the disease. Patients with advanced renal failure or children and adolescents under 16 years of age should not take Arcoxia® at all.
The highest dose sold in Germany is tablets containing 120 mg etoricoxib. This is also the highest recommended daily dose for Arcoxia. Such a high dose is currently only recommended for the treatment of acute pain in gouty arthritis.
In certain cases, such as liver disease, lower maximum doses apply. In general, Arcoxia should be used as low doses and as short as possible. Thus, the maximum dose of 120 mg per day should not be taken for more than eight consecutive days.
This prevents side effects. In individual studies, doses of up to 500 mg have been classified as not life-threatening, but a doctor should still be consulted if an overdose occurs. – If the therapy of arthrosis is concerned, no more than 60 mg should be taken once a day. – For rheumatoid arthritis, the maximum dose is 90mg per day. – In the case of an acute attack of gout, a maximum dose of 120mg should be taken for eight days.