ARTHROTEC Reviews

Average Rating: 2.7 (181 Ratings)

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 1  arthritis pain in foot/ankle/knee For the first week I took one pill at bedtime, but then switched to mornings with breakfast. I experienced extreme uterine cramping within 30 minutes of taking in the morning; I was in excruciating pain for an hour so I called an ambulance and was rushed to the emergency room. Heavy bleeding started within 30 minutes after the cramping ceased. Medical personnel dismissed the symptoms as not being related to taking this drug, but once I stopped taking, my cramping and bleeding stopped. Subsequent uterine & vaginal ultrasounds did not show anything else to be the cause. My OB/Gyn told me that she uses misoprostal (1 of the drugs in Arthrotec) for miscarriages & advised me to stop taking the drug. I would not recommend to females. If you do take this drug, please pay careful attention to your body and other symptoms that may appear. Read all drug material carefully. F 45 14 days
8/22/2007
 1  repetitive strain injury I've been post-menopausal for five years and have now had a six day period with all the accompanying tender breasts, bloating, cramping etc. I had only been taking on an "as needed" basis so one or two a day approx. every 3 to 4 weeks. F 51 8 months
4/28/2007
 4  hips and hand joint pain severe acid reflux after taking for 15 days. I am back on it now for 1 month after making adjustment to my diet. Helps very much.I would get about a 30 sec. headache but no longer. AS I have had a history of running to the toilet I dont do that any longer. Happy response. Since I cant take most of the other meds. I was hoping this one would do the job. It is helping more than I could have wished for. If you email me, make sure you put the subject in or I wont answer. F 69 15 weeks
2/9/2007
 5  bad knees ,osteoarthritus Nothing unusual or that Im aware of . I have some acid reflux thats developed over the last few years, which may not be related since it runs in the family. Works great! Hard to function without (pain),when I ran out. Im probably addicted to it.Somewhat concerned about the long term effects and listed possible side effects, so I've only ever taken arthrotec 50 once daily rather than twice, which is just enough to manage my pain levels. I feel it has a cummulative effect.....maybe. I dont think anything will completely remove the pain, and maybe shouldnt since it helps you to know whats going on. Else how much would you have to take, thus increasing your risk for possible adverse reactions. M 51 5 years
2/2/2007
 1  arthritis pain Very very severe abdonimal pain, next day my stool was black which could indicate blood in my stool, going to doctor today I will never take it again F 53 1 days
1/18/2007
 1  Lower back pain Blurred vision Stomach ache Water retention Throbbing headache Elevated my blood glucose levels because I am also on Vasotec, Glyburide, Avandia. Beware of this drugf 15 days
1/15/2007
 1  Lower back pain Blurred vision Stomach ache Water retention Throbbing headache Elevated my blood glucose levels because I am also on Vasotec, Glyburide, Avandia. Beware of this drug. M 66 15 days
1/15/2007
 3  Arthritis and back pain Vaginal bleeding when it was not time for my period, headaches, neck pain,bloating and weight gain. It helped relieve the pain in my lower back but I would not recommend this to be used by women of any age. Not quite sure what I will do now because I cannot take Bextra or Neurontin. I guess go back to plain old advil and deal with it unless the doctor has another medication I can try. F 41 20 days
12/10/2006
 3  Spinal stenosis W/ prescribed dosage (75 mg BID) crankiness and irritability. Increased BP. Possible visual disturbances. Relieved pain very well. However, the side effects are a great concern F 61 30 days
11/21/2006
 5  Spinal stenosis Some gas & diarrhea but overall OK if taken with food. Tried other anti-inflammatories but this is the one that works best for me. Helps me walk & carry on a normal lifestyle because it eases the pain a lot. F 58 2 years
10/23/2006
 5  waiting for hip replacement very minor--slight nausea when taken on empty stomach--which was gone in 15 minutes. gave me my life back. concerned about long term effects. F 68 6 months
10/13/2006
 1  Osteoarthritis Horrible stuff... how did this ever pass scrutiny of the powers that be. Crazy side effects. Dizziness while rolling over while sleeping and faintness and disorientation upon sitting up in the morning. Major stomach pain, massive gas cramps and bloating. Could not stop going to the bathroom with the runs. Thought I was having a heart attack or stroke coming on. Only took it for 5 days with only one a day in the morning with food. Could not figure out why I was so sick. Thanks to this site. Stopping it pronto! Needs to be banned. Warnings should be discussed with pharmacist face to face when this is prescribed and before taking it. Should be scrutinized from the first pill. F 58 5 days
10/4/2006
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 5  arthritis in neck and back Very little side effects,some gas. Gave me my life back. Now I can sleep at night and do most activities. Mobility without pain! Worry about the long term side effects of an NSAid drug. F 56 1 days
8/16/2006
 5  bad back none with light stomich ake sometimes.a little shortness of breath at times this product changed the way i have lived for 5 years.i had a back operation 20 years ago and my time of mobility was going from bad to worse.absolutly changed my life.i can go all day.there is one thing that i need to look into.my mother in law has rematoid arthro.she walked into the emergancy room and is hooked up to a machine to keep her alive for now .one week.she had an alergic reaction to the medicine she had been taken for her arthritice.she had been taken it for two years.and i do not know what to do.she has an infection in her lungs and lost all capassity.but the only thing i know is that it was not arthrotec,but can it all be the same? M 53 5 years
8/8/2006
 3  knee pain abdominal pain, constant soreness in abdomen, headache, general stomach upset feeling that won't go away before or after eating... I was taking Celebrex until ineffective, then Vioxx, then Lodine, and now Arthrotec...I realize that a knee replacement is inevitable, and I need the medication, but the stomach pains are aggravating although bearable... M 55 4 months
8/2/2006
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 5  severe knee/joint pain immobile swelling, bloating, increased appetite, empty stomach feeling,dry,itchy skin Arthrotec works wonders, but side effects worry me. Am trying to wean off it with glucoasamine/chondroitin and MSM, which are supposed to be good for arthritis, bone enhancement/elasticity etc. Taking all at same time now,pain is too great! Was on IB 1600 a day and 2 tylenol 8's a day.. not enough F 55 6 months
7/4/2006
 5  overall joint pain (entire body) OA Slight Gasto discomfort, but usually take NEXIUM so discomfort is tolerable. I take ARTHROTEC 50 every day, sometimes BID and have found nothing that works better. Now I am running out, am un-insured and can't afford the medication. Will probably go back to IB 800 mg BID. F 54 2.5 years
6/1/2006
 5  overall joint pain (entire body) OA Slight Gasto discomfort, but usually take NEXIUM so discomfort is tolerable. I take ARTHROTEC 50 every day, sometimes BID and have found nothing that works better. Now I am running out, am un-insured and can't afford the medication. Will probably go back to IB 800 mg BID. F 54 2.5 years
6/1/2006
 1  back & hip pain Took 1 pill with dinner, woke during the night with stomach pain. In the morning I discovered that I had bled heavily during the night. Bleeding continued the next day with clotting. Also developed a rash on my wrist. Discontinued use after one pill!! After checking the web site and seeing the list of side effects for this medication, it is hard to believe that it was ever approved. I do not recommend this medication for anyone. I have never had a reaction to any medication before. The complications of this drug outweight the benefits. F 50 1 days
5/3/2006
 1  neck and back pain Severe, gut-renching abdominal pain, jaundins, diahrea, sweats & hot flashes, vaginal bleeding, and now constipation. I had to go to the emergency room of local hospital and that's where I learned of the side effects. From the info on the web about this medication, it should not be given to anyone. I can't believe it was approved at all. F 35 1.5 days
3/15/2006
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