Flavocoxid (oral)

Overview

As the most common type of joint disease, osteoarthritis affects numerous patients. Characterized by joint stiffness and pain, sufferers may also experience swelling, a lack of mobility and/or grinding of the joints. Although osteoarthritis doesn't have one definitive cause, people may be more likely to develop the disease if they have suffered a joint injury in the past. In addition to this, joint deformities, pre-existing joint diseases and genetic contributors can increase the patient's risk of developing the condition.

Currently, there is no cure for osteoarthritis but medication can be used to manage the patient's symptoms. Derived from bioflavonoids, Flavocoxid has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As a dual inhibitor, Flavocoxid affects the activities of the cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzymes. In addition to this, Flavocoxid reduces the levels of prostaglandins in the patient's body which can lead to a reduction in their symptoms.

When the body perceives an injury, it typically produces an inflammatory response. In many cases, this is exhibited by pain, redness and/or swelling. Whilst this can have beneficial effects in some cases, chronic illnesses and injuries can result in on-going inflammation. As osteoarthritis cannot be cured, patients would experience long-lasting inflammation without treatment, for example.

As the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes are associated with the inflammatory response, inhibiting their activity with Flavocoxid can help to reduce inflammation in the patient's body. Similarly, prostaglandins are associated with inflammation and, as Flavocoxid reduces the number of prostaglandins in the patient's system, Flavocoxid can also reduce inflammation in this way as well.

When used successfully, Flavocoxid will act as an anti-inflammatory and will, therefore, reduce the pain, swelling and discomfort associated with osteoarthritis. As a result, patients often report a significant reduction in their symptoms and an improvement in their levels of mobility.

Conditions Treated

Type Of Medicine

  • Plant-derived bioflavonoid

Side Effects

When patients begin taking a new medication, they may notice some side effects occurring. Often, these side-effects will diminish over time and they may not require medical attention. However, if patients are concerned about the presence of the following side-effects, they should seek medical advice:

  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Passing gas
  • Diarrhea

When taking Flavocoxid, there are some other side effects which patients may experience. If so, they should seek medical assistance:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Unusual weakness or tiredness
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Light-colored stools
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin

Furthermore, patients should obtain medical help if they experience any side effects which are not listed here. In addition to this, patients can report any additional side effects to the Food and Drug Administration, if they choose to. This helps to ensure that the FDA has a comprehensive list of the side effects associated with Flavocoxid. If patients wish to report any other side effects to the FDA, they can do so by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

Dosage

When patients are prescribed Flavocoxid, their doctor will advise them how to take the medicine and how much should be taken. Generally, patients are advised to take 250mg of Flavocoxid every 12 hours, on a continuous basis.

As Flavocoxid only reduces the patient's symptoms for as long as it's taken, patients will usually need to take this medicine on an on-going basis.

Generally, patients are advised to take Flavocoxid at least one hour before food or at least one after eating.

However, this is merely an example of a standard dosing strategy and patients may be given modified instructions. When prescribing medications, physicians will take the patient's condition, medical history, age and weight into account. Due to this, patients should always follow their physician's instructions when taking Flavocoxid.

If patients forget to take a dose of Flavocoxid, they should take it as soon as they remember to do so. However, if their next dose of medication is due relatively soon, they should skip the missed dose and take their medication as normal. Patients shouldn't attempt to take a double dose of Flavocoxid, even if they have missed a previous dose.

If patients are unsure how to take Flavocoxid or when to take their medicine, they should seek medical advice from their physician or pharmacist.

Potential Drug Interactions

As some medications can interact with other drugs, patients should tell their doctor if they are taking any other medicines before they start taking Flavocoxid. This includes over-the-counter medicines, supplements and vitamins, as well as prescribed medicine.

Similarly, once patients have started taking Flavocoxid, they should obtain medical advice before using any new over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and/or supplements.

Warnings

Before taking Flavocoxid, patients should discuss their medical history and current symptoms with their physician. There are some situations in which Flavocoxid may not be the most suitable form of treatment for the individual. If the patient has been diagnosed with the following, for example, Flavocoxid may not be prescribed:

As stomach ulcers could be worsened by Flavocoxid, physicians may prescribe an alternative medicine for patients with both osteoarthritis and stomach ulcers.

Generally, Flavocoxid is prescribed to patients who are over the age of 18. As there have been no specific studies into the effects of Flavocoxid on the pediatric population, younger patients may not be given this medication. However, if physicians believe the benefits of treatment with Flavocoxid outweigh the potential risks, they may prescribe the medicine to younger patients.

Patients who are pregnant should not usually be prescribed Flavocoxid. As there have not been studies into the effects of Flavocoxid on pregnant patients, it is not known if this medicine could cause harm to an unborn fetus. Due to this, physicians should not prescribe this medicine to patients who are pregnant.

If patients become pregnant whilst taking Flavocoxid, they should contact their physician for medical advice. It is not known whether Flavocoxid can be passed from a nursing mother to an infant via breastfeeding. Due to this, patients are normally advised not to breastfeed whilst taking Flavocoxid.

When taking Flavocoxid, there may be a risk of liver injury occurring in some patients. If patients experience the following symptoms when taking Flavocoxid, they should seek urgent medical attention:

  • Dark-colored urine
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Light-colored stools
  • Stomach pain or pain in the upper right of the abdomen
  • Loss of appetite

Before patients begin taking Flavocoxid, they should tell their doctor if they are allergic to any substances. This includes allergies to other medicines, foods, preservatives, animals and/or dyes. In rare cases, patients may experience an allergic reaction when taking Flavocoxid. If so, they will require urgent medical treatment, particularly if they exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Rash on the skin
  • Itching
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hoarseness
  • Wheezing
  • Swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, throat, face and/or hands

Storage

As patients are normally required to take Flavocoxid every 12 hours, they will need to store their medication at home. When keeping medicine at home, however, patients must ensure that they store Flavocoxid in a safe location. If children and/or pets are present in the home, for example, they should not be able to access Flavocoxid or any other medicine.

Using a lockable medicine cabinet or secure medicine box may help to ensure that no-one else can gain access to medicines in the home.

When keeping Flavocoxid at home, patients should follow the manufacturer's guidelines. In most cases, however, Flavocoxid can be kept at room temperature but should be kept in a closed container. In addition to this, Flavocoxid should typically be kept away from direct light and in a location which is not exposed to moisture and/or heat.

If patients are advised to stop taking Flavocoxid or if the medicine reaches its use-by date, it should be disposed of responsibly. Patients should not throw medication out with regular household waste as it may pose a risk to other people. However, most physician's offices and pharmacists provide a medication disposal service. Patients should, therefore, contact their pharmacist or physician's office when they need to dispose of Flavocoxid or any other medication.

Summary

Although there are various types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is believed to be the most common. Affecting millions of people across the world, the condition can cause significant pain and discomfort. In some cases, patients find that they're unable to perform everyday tasks due to the swelling, pain and inflammation which affects their joints.

Whilst medication can't currently cure osteoarthritis, it can provide effective relief from the symptoms associated with the condition. When patients take Flavocoxid regularly, for example, it can significantly reduce swelling in the joints and, therefore, the pain and discomfort caused by the inflammation.

As a result, Flavocoxid can provide on-going relief for patients with osteoarthritis. By reducing swelling, Flavocoxid may even prevent further damage to the joints, as well as relieve the pain caused by chronic osteoarthritis.