Posted by Pat Q.
on October 22, 2000 at 19:07:19:
In Reply to: Re: Same here posted by Renee on August 30, 2000 at 20:40:47:
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: : : : : : I am currently using Vioxx. My stomach feels better ever since I stopped taking my Nsaid Flurbiprofen and started taking Vioxx about two or three weeks ago. I had been on Flurbiprofen for about two years. It was later that my stomach developed ulcers and I had no idea it was because of the Nsaid. The reason I switched to begin with inspite of the stomach trouble was because it seemed as if the Nsaid quit working. My doctor gave me some samples of Vioxx to try for two weeks. I am glad I tried it, mainly for my stomach ails. Has anyone else tried Vioxx or Celebrex? How do you like them? I do pay more, but it might be worth it. Thanks. Kevin B.
: : : : : Kevin, I took Vioxx for approx. 2 mos. and it helped tremendously. However, it caused my blood pressure to elevate, fluid retention, and weight gain and I had to discontinue it. Now, I'm back on Ibuprofen and it's not working near as good as the Vioxx did. I do hope it works out for you but you might need to keep check on your blood pressure. The best to you!
: : : : Celebrex did nothing for me but Vioxx did wonders. But I had to stop taking it for the same reasons as Barbara. I try something new several times a year but always end up falling back on the Inderol. Heartburn is my constant companion.
: : : I had a similar experience to Chadbo's. I've been on and off lots of different NSAIDS--Arthrotec was great for about 4 months, then I started reacting to it--I have tried it a few times since, with no luck. I find Naproxen works best for me with least side effects. Celebrex did nothing; Vioxx made me feel awful (bloated, stomach distension, weight gain, depressive mood) and I had to take too much to get relief from it. So, I'm back on Naproxen.
: : : One great thing I learned is that eliminating (or nearly) dairy and especially wheat flour (including most breads, cereals, etc.--which I love, and must now select very carefully) has made a tremendous difference in my usual gut ache. I thought with all the meds I take and my general problems (degenerated hips due to birth defect--both need replacement; DDD in upper back C-5, -6, -7 area; and now I learn I may have fibromyalgia, which would explain alot of my weird symptoms) that I would just always have a gut ache, often leading to diarrhea, in the evening. Now I know I can feel pretty good just by controlling what I eat--doesn't help the hips or back... but sure helps my general attitude and well being. And, if you wanted to lose weight, using no wheat and dairy is one way to do it.
: : : Kristie
: : Kristie and Chadbo thanks for the info, unfortunately I do not want to loose any more weight. I have gradually lost weight through the years but have tapered off. My hands are pretty bad and surgery is in the near furure. I have actually lost about 25 lbs since my heaviest weight. I am sorry to hear you have fibromyalgia. A friend of mine at work has it. Some days she feels really bad. She has trouble sleeping and literally takes something to knock her out so she can get a few winks. I also have depression and hope the Vioxx doesn't make it worse. I have not done a lot of research on Vioxx and have not heard that it can increase depression. I also have digestive problems, heartburn etc. I take antacids or sometimes mix up some Arm & Hammer baking soda...it works! Take care you all.
: Have been on Vioxx for a year now, no side effects...also on prednisone and arava....right now
: in midst of bad flare...doubled up vioxx...have weight gain & mild depression, hair loss from
: arava, thinking of going on embrel but don't know side effects...have any of you tried it? really
: think vioxx better than celebrex.
Good gravy- Vioxx worked pretty well for me. I have severe osteoarthritis in my hands and Erb's palsy in my right arm. However, I gained 10 pounds in 2 weeks. Yuk. I took it for about 2 months and it didn't work as well. The Dr. put me on celebrex. I felt bloated all the time-even a drink of water made me look about 6 months pregnant. The Dr. says that these S/E aren't because of the drugs. WRONG!!!! Anyway,I'm going back to tylenol to see if I lose this weight. Pat