Vioxx is an FDA approved Cox-2 inhibitor that has been on the market for more than 10 years. It has been used to treat arthritis and other acute pain suffered by adult patients. Vioxx is analgesic and antipyretic which means that it reduces fever and pain. The main active ingredient in the drug is Rofecoxib. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, also called a NSAID, which is used to treat internal inflammation and discomfort. With the use of all NSAIDs there are risks and side effects involved, some of which include gastrointestinal bleeding as well as liver and kidney damage. The adverse effects of Vioxx are believed to be much more serious and have had an impact on many people, as over 2 million people have been prescribed this drug over the years.

Vioxx was pulled from the market when the risk of negative side effects and injuries were proven to be extremely serious for long term users. Some of the patients that have taken Vioxx have experienced serious effects that include damage to their kidneys, several different cardiovascular health issues, and the formation of blood clots. A clinical study had been implemented that proved the claims of many Vioxx users. It was concluded that Vioxx increased the risk of heart attack and stroke which can result in permanent injuries and death. The study showed that the complications that can arise from the use of Vioxx occur 18 months after the person begins taking the drug. When comparing Vioxx users to those taking a control drug, the Vioxx users were twice as likely to experience heart problems. Since the release of this information the FDA has issued a public health advisory, and doctors are being advised to take patients off of the drug Vioxx.

The claims being made against Vioxx have the potential to turn into class action lawsuits. Not only did those using Vioxx take a drug without knowing the dangerous effects, but the effects have the potential to be irreparable. Patients using Vioxx are encouraged to have their cases reviewed by a defective drug lawyer so that they may receive the compensation that they deserve.