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Vioxx is a drug that was approved by the FDA in 1999 but was taken off the market because of dangerous side effects. Vioxx was used to treat arthriris and osteoarthritis in adults, and some women used it for menstral cramp relief.

After 18 months of Vioxx on the market, it was found that serious side effects associated with the drug could be deadly for some people. People taking Vioxx had an increased risk of developing heart attacks or strokes. These side effects are often times called “silent” by doctors since they are not easily monitored, or at least not until after the heart attack or stroke has already occurred.

Vioxx was pulled off the market in September of 2004. Some of the other side effects associated with Vioxx include:

  • Blood clots
  • Kidney problems
  • Allergic reactions
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Liver problems
  • Problems with the upper respiratory system

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