Arcoxia belongs to a group of medicine called selective COX-2 inhibitors. These belong to a family of medicine called Non Steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAID?S). Arcoxia helps to reduce the pain and swelling (inflammation) in the joints and muscles of people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitus and gout. Arcoxia can also be prescribed to a patient to treat short term moderate pain after dental surgery.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long term inflammatory disease of your joints which cause pain, stiffness, swelling and increased loss of joint movement.

Gout is a disease of sudden recurring attacks of very painful inflammation and redness of the joints. Gout is caused by deposits of mineral crystals in the joint.

Arcoxia side effects

You should consult the full list of side effects for Arcoxia on the patient information leaflet provided with your treatment. Details of this can also be found here (opens in a new window).


Take Arcoxia tablets by mouth once a day and can be taken with or without food. Osteoarthritis recommended daily dose is 30mg increasing to 60mg if required. Rheumatoid arthrisis recommended daily dose is 90mg per day. Acute pain conditions as directed by your doctor.


The active ingredient is Etoricoxib. Each film coated tablets contains 30,60,90 or 120mg of Etoricoxib.

The other ingredients: Core- Calcium Hydrogen Phosphate (Anhydrous), Croscarmellose Sodium, Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose. Tablet coating: Carnauba Wax, Lactose Monohydrate, Hypromellose, Titanium Dioxide (E171), Triacetin. The 30, 60 and 120mg tablets contain Yellow Ferric Oxide (E172, colouring agent) and Indigo Lake (E132, colouring agent).


Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not exceed the stated dose. Do not take if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, have serious liver disease, heart disease or stomach ulcers, under the age of 16 years, if you have or ever had a heart attack or heart disease or if you have high blood pressure. Advise your doctor if you are taking any other form of medication. Do not give to children under the age of 16.

Arcoxia must not be taken during pregnancy or are planning to become pregnant. The effect of Arcoxia may be faster when taken without food. Arcoxia contains lactose.