Cox-2 Inhibitors – What are They, and are There Any Safer Alternatives that are Natural and Have No Side Effects?

Cox-2 Inhibitors are in the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory family (NSAID). They are a drug that specifically targets and inhibits that production of Cox-2 enzyme, which is very actively involved in the inflammation that many times is the cause of pain.

The only Cox-2 Inhibitors that are currently FDA approved (two have been yanked from shelves by pharmaceutical giant Merck, for major health implications – not a good sign for this class of drugs so far). They are called Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra.

In February of 2005, a joint meeting of the FDA’s Arthritis and Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committees met to discuss the safety of the COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs and related medication and components.

After this meeting, there were regulatory actions forced on the pain relieving top seller pharmaceutical drugs called Bextra, Celebrex and other OTC NSAIDS as well as prescription NSAIDS. This was after a conclusion that the overall benefit of this class of drugs did not override it’s potential health risks, and the manufacturers were asked to de-shelf them for further review.

This is just more of a reason to seek out healthy alternatives to serious pain relief. It’s just not worth the risk you take in exchange for comfort and pain reduction. There are healthy, natural alternatives to relieving pain in an effective and long lasting manner, as well as lifestyle habits you can instill to ensure a pain free and high quality life.

Sources: Herbal Magazines

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