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Bextra was recalled and ordered to be pulled from the market by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, April 7, 2005 because the drug is unreasonably dangerous. Bextra causes heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Our law firm is representing persons injured by Bextra, Vioxx and Celebrex and we would like to speak with you at no charge about your case. Call us at 1-800-748-7115 .

Bextra is used to relieve:

  • symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in adults
  • painful menstrual cycles

Bextra has been Shown to Cause the Following:

  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (skin reaction)
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (skin reaction)
  • Erythema Multiforme (skin reaction)
  • Exfoliative Dermatitis (Erythroderma)
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders (ulcers and bleeding)
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke

Special Warnings with Bextra:

Bextra and all NSAID medications can cause stomach ulcers that bleed. The chance of this serious problem increases the longer you take Bextra, but it can also happen suddenly. Stop taking Bextra and call your doctor right away if you get:

  • a burning stomach pain
  • black bowel movements that look like tar
  • vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds
  • General Precautions with Bextra:

Bextra and other NSAID medications can cause serious problems such as liver damage. Some of the warning signs of liver damage are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, loss of appetite, itching, yellow coloring of skin or eyes, “flu-like” symptoms and dark urine. If you still have this medicine from a prescription, you should not use it. If you have any of the symptoms described above call your doctor right away.

Bextra can cause fluid retention (holding of water in your body). Fluid retention can be a serious problem if you have high blood pressure or heart failure.

Bextra is especially dangerous if you have asthma and are allergic to aspirin. If an aspirin-sensitive asthmatic takes aspirin it can cause severe narrowing of the airway (bronchospasm), and even death. The same reactions to aspirin and other NSAID medicines happened in aspirin-sensitive patients.

We are representing clients nationwide. Call us at 1-800-748-7115
Please contact us for further information concerning your legal rights to make a claim or if you would like our attorneys to represent you.

For more detailed information about Bextra, visit the FDA website at or ask your health care provider or pharmacist.

Bextra Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bextra?

Bextra is a type of pain medication, called COX-2 selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), used to treat arthritis and menstrual pain.

What did the FDA do?

The FDA removed this dangerous drug from the marketplace on April 7, 2005
Who should not take Bextra?

You should not take Bextra if you:

had asthma, hives or allergic reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or COX-2 inhibitors. Some examples of NSAIDs are ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam), nabumetone (Relafen), ketoprofen (Orudis), celecoxib (Celebrex), and rofecoxib (Vioxx).

What other problems should I know about?

Bextra can also cause stomach ulcers. You should stop Bextra and call your doctor if you have any of the following:

Burning pain in your stomach
Dark stools or blood in your stools
Vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds
What should I tell my health care provider?

Tell your health care provider if you:

  • have heart problems or high blood pressure
  • have liver or kidney problems
  • have or had stomach ulcers or stomach bleeding
  • have asthma
  • are allergic to aspirin or other NSAID medicines
  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • are breast-feeding

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines that you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Your health care provider may have to adjust your dose or watch you more closely if you take the following medications:

  • certain blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors
  • furosemide (Lasix)
  • fluconazole or ketoconazole
  • lithium
  • warfarin (coumadin)
  • aspirin

What are some possible side effects of Bextra?

( This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Bextra. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects. )

Side effects can include:

  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Rarely serious ulcers and stomach bleeding have occurred in patients taking Bextra.

Why did FDA take this action?

Patients need to have all the information available about the drugs they are taking and their potential side effects, so they can stop the medication and seek immediate treatment if needed.

To report any unexpected adverse or serious events associated with the use of Bextra, you can contact Pfizer, Inc., at 1-800-323-4204 or FDA MedWatch program at 1-800-FDA-1088 or on the Internet at

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