Bextra has gone the way of other cox-2 inhibitor drugs and has been linked with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Bextra is a drug that generally is prescribed for basic adult pain management, including for those suffering from osteoarthritis and menstrual cramps.

Most cox-2 inhibitors are a welcome addition to a pain management regime by both patients and doctors. These drugs became very popular almost overnight; before cox-2 inhibitors were developed, painkillers had a bad effect on both the cox-1 enzyme and the cox-2 enzyme produced by the body. Because the body needs the cox-1 enzyme to protect the stomach lining, many patients suffered chronic gastric problems because of their pain medication before cox-2 inhibitors came on the market.

However, as with all drugs, there is some risk involved in taking cox-2 inhibitors like Bextra. One of them now seems to be Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which is a severe allergic reaction that causes a red or purplish rash, blisters on the skin and mucus membranes, painful skin and even causing the skin to slough off. Drugs like Bextra can also cause Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TENS), a variation of SJS.

If you are taking Bextra and you think that you might be exhibiting symptoms of SJS — which also include blistering of the eyes, nose, mouth or genitals or flu-like symptoms — you should call your doctor right away.

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