Dangers of VioxxVioxx was simply meant to be a pain killer, to help with menstrual cramps and arthritis. In fact, several studies showed that it did its pain killing job quite well - and irritated the stomach far less than other similar products. It was hugely popular and was prescribed by many doctors around the world.
Unfortunately, a study in 2000 found that there was a "minor" side effect - that being death. Apparently people who were on Vioxx for long periods of time had heart attacks at an incredibly high rate.
* 25mg/day (low use) individuals were 24% more likely to have a heart attack
* over 25mg/day (high use) individuals were 73% more likely to have a heart attack
So we're not taking minor changes here. 73% is a rather high number! Luckily, the studies seem to show that the moment you stop taking Vioxx, you go back to "normal rates". So it is not like the Vioxx lurks in your system for months, poisoning you for your future. Once you stop taking the pills, the danger goes away. This is why Merck pulled the medication off the shelves, and recommended that all users talk to their doctors to return all remaining bottles they had.
NOTE: I am not a doctor or lawyer. Always talk to a professonal about your personal situation.
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