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Please note: the information on this page is provided for informational purposes only. As of 2011, the Simmons firm is no longer accepting cases involving Vioxx.

Vioxx is a Cox-2 Inhibitor that acts as a pain reliever to treat osteoarthritis, acute pain and painful menstrual cycles. Vioxx and other similar drugs were introduced in the late 1990s.

Initially, reports treated Vioxx as a miracle drug, because it appeared to work better than traditional nonsterodial anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Vioxx also provided pain relief without serious problems from stomach ulcers, including bleeding.

Health Complications and Vioxx Lawsuits

Multiple studies and tests revealed that Vioxx users were twice as likely to suffer heart attacks or strokes as compared to those who did not take the drug. Other side effects associated with the usage of Vioxx included:

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dyspepsia
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn or chest pain
  • Water retention
  • Heart failure
  • Intestinal ulcers or bleeding
  • Blurred vision

As a result of the risk of serious health problems such as heart failure, Vioxx was voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer, Merck and Co., on Sept. 30, 2004.

Since 2011, the Firm no longer accepts Vioxx cases. Learn more about past litigation areas of the pharmaceutical lawyers at the Firm, or explore more information on our current areas of litigation. Please contact us with any questions.

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