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User Reviews for Vioxx

Vioxx has an average rating of 9.1 out of 10 from a total of 52 ratings on 92% of those users who reviewed Vioxx reported a positive effect, while 8% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Vioxx reviews 9.1 52 reviews

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Reviews for Vioxx

Mo July 17, 2020

For Osteoarthritis: “I used Vioxx for severe osteoarthritis pain. Now I am on Vicodin everyday 3 to 4 times a day and it does not work as good as Vioxx did. When I had Vioxx I took 1 to 2 tabs a week! Best Anti-inflammatory ever made! I cried when it was taken off the market. I would have signed a waiver to have kept it!”

10 / 10
Robo · Taken for 1 to 2 years April 26, 2020

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “Vioxx was magical!!! 20 years of RA pain, Vioxx and 2 days later --- NO pain!! Felt like I was 16 again. Tragedy it was withdrawn. Would buy it today if it were available, in spite of warnings!”

10 / 10
Jai January 4, 2020

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “If I had to choose between looking like I did when I was 20, flat tummy, great skin or vioxx at 53... I would take vioxx no questions asked.. I only took it 1x every 3-4 days and I swear I felt like I could fly.. no joint pain.. if I could have the vioxx pills they recalled that was in storage I'd say yes. I think for those who suffered bad effects eh!! maybe everyday or age may have been a factor.. recalled in 2004. My last pill I used for mid vacation in 2012 it still worked... I had no bad side effects. I didn't get a high, or sick and I had only taken it about a year before it was pulled.. I wish they had given notice I would have gotten an rx to last me for the next 50 years. I have not had any relief from pain since my last dose.. smh... please give me back vioxx. I could lead a life that doesn't make me be in pain, hate to roll over in bed, or work, grocery shop, etc..”

10 / 10
medicman5141 August 5, 2014

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I have been a firefighter and paramedic since I was 18. This and my love of landscaping has put a toll on my joints. I'm sorry to say this was my miracle pill. I didn't hurt! I know many people will say I'm wrong for saying this but I'd rather live happy, pain free, with no stiffness and run the risk of death or stroke than wake up hurting everyday and going to bed trying to get comfortable. This is not away to truly live. Merk please find away to bring this drug back... heck I'll sign a risk waver... I want to live with out pain and stiffness.”

10 / 10
Hurting in Omaha · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 10, 2014

For Pain: “Vioxx in combination with hydrocodone left me pretty much pain free! Whether working on my feet, sitting at a desk or taking care of my children and home, I felt great. Arthritis through my whole lumber spine and both knees (have had one total knee replacement). I have not found anything that gave me that kind of pain relief. When Vioxx went off the market, I would have signed a release to keep it! Somethings should be left up to the patient, especially if they are ready to accept the risks!”

10 / 10
VinceWednesday · Taken for less than 1 month July 18, 2013

For Pain: “Vioxx was simply the best ever produced for pain due to arthritis and inflammation. I am a gout sufferer and have been one since age 21. In 2001, I have a severe attack in my knee along with bursitis in that same knee. I was in bed for 2 weeks and suffered for another 6 six with acute pain. I went to the ER twice over this period to no avail. Ordinary NSAIDS do not touch gout pain and in frustration, I went back to my childhood doctor who gave me free samples of Vioxx 50mg and samples of 25mg. He told me to take the 50mg for 4 days. In one dose, I was on my feet in less than an hour with no pain. I used it from time to time until it was pulled from the market but I retained some until I ran out. Nothing else compares to Vioxx.”

10 / 10
Jai just jai December 3, 2013

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I would have to walk up and down steps everyday to get to work. I would stop and just pray a little to get up them, as it took every thing in me to do so. when I would get to the top, I would just stop and breath through the pain. I was 34-36.. I loved to dance, shop, and wear high heels. I would take 1 Vioxx every 3rd day it lasted that long. I remember hopping up the steps and wearing heels with no problems or pain. I actually laughed as I got to the top of the steps. I would just sprinted up the stairs without pain. Then 8months later it was pulled from the market. I had about 20pills I would use them only for special occasions. I am down to 1 I am saving it for a trip to Hawaii. It's still a magic pill.”

10 / 10
MartyNO March 8, 2011

For Pain: “The best pain medication ever produced. I would use it if it were brought back on the market. I was taking 25mg every other day and lived pain free. Again it should be the choice of the patient. BRING BACK VIOXX!”

10 / 10
Georgek March 6, 2013

For Osteoarthritis: “This drug's occasional use significantly improved my mobility and almost totally eliminated the significant pain in my knee. felt like like the the " 6 million dollar man with having bionic knees and had no side effect. No impact regarding higher blood pressure. As soon as I stopped taking it, the pain returned. I considered this the greatest pain killer ever developed! I do know I would have to pay attention how to take it if conditional approval would be given.”

9 / 10
Sonny 1 November 3, 2011

For Osteoarthritis: “vioxx worked so well for me and other patients that my doctor said I quote "Vioxx was taken off the market because it worked so well that it would eventually eliminate all the other prescription medicines and over the counter antiinflammatory medicines". Vioxx worked so well for me that I was eventually able to cut the pill in half and take 1/2 a 12mg pill every other day.”

10 / 10
Shock August 2, 2013

For Osteoarthritis: “Had severe pain in left shoulder, right elbow, and joint of head & spine and had lived with it for several months. This was due to excessive overworking on a strenuous project. Doctor gave me Vioxx and the first dose wiped out all pain and it did not return. On occasion If I over worked again I would take one pill and it would again work the same wonders - a true miracle! Guess it worked too good and was cutting out doctor visits for all the other stuff that never gave a hint of relief. ”

10 / 10
Mr. J Brown March 27, 2013

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I too loved Vioxx because it was so effective for my arthritis. At the time I was prescribed Vioxx I had severe foot/ankle pain and stiffness in all joints making it hard to walk especially in the morning. I was pain free while on it after years of over the counter ibuprofen & acetaminophen. How I wish Vioxx could be brought back in some safer form.”

9 / 10
Anonymous November 4, 2009

For Osteoarthritis: “I have serious arthritis in my hips and knees, and no medication including Celebrex has ever worked for me. Vioxx was like a miracle pill for me -- one single pill was all I had to take to enjoy over a month of pain free movement! I seriously doubt that small a dosage would ever give me a heart attack, and besides, that would and should be MY choice, not someone else's. It's a prescription medication -- for heaven's sake, leave it up to the doctors to decide who is at too much risk to take it, and leave it up to US if we want to take that risk. For so many, it isn't a risk at all, nor do they, like me, even need much of it to live without pain. ”

10 / 10
POPS1 October 19, 2008

For Pain: “I'm in so much pain all the time I can hardly take it. Vioxx is the "only" drug that has ever reduced my pain. I wish the FDA would allow those of us who wish to take Vioxx to do so with a signed 100% waiver to any rights to sue the prescribing doctor, Manufacturer or anyone else in conjunction with its use. I would gladly sign away my rights to such just to have my life back again without all this pain from figromyalgia and parkinsons plus 4 lower ruptured disks in my back. 20mg of Vioxx and it's gone all day and begins working in an hour on me. I only take one when I absolutely cannot take it anymore as I only have about 15 left from the last prescription I got just before it was taken off the market. When they are gone, that's it.”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month July 10, 2013

For Pain: “I sincerely wish Vioxx could return to the market. The first time I took it was for acute lower back pain when I was 32 years old. 1 pill and the pain completely went away within the first hour. I did not need to take a second pill. Two years later I had the same problem and again 1 pill cured the pain. At 39 I had the pain occur again, but Vioxx was no longer on the market. I tried every other medicine known and every other treatment (physical therapy included) but nothing has made me better. I have been living with the pain in my lower back, that won%u2019t go away, for four years now and nothing seems to help. I would desperately like to see Vioxx return.”

10 / 10
Anonymous May 4, 2011

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “When they took Vioxx off the market I lost my life. I have rheumatoid arthritis and I was pain free while on Vioxx. The doctor has prescribed other medicines for pain but I can not function with them. I WANT MY VIOXX BACK. I can't dance, work a job, work out in the yard. I am miserable. P”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 5, 2012

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I have had arthritis since my twenties, I am in my fifties now. The only time that I have been pain free is when I was on Vioxx. I wish they would bring it back. Like I told my doctor, the people on it generally were taking it because it hurt to move and exercise, before we used it which meant (me included) we were sedentary and sometimes overweight. With any medicine you should read the warnings and watch for what you should and shouldn't do. I still would love to have Vioxx back, please.”

10 / 10
Anonymous July 7, 2010

For Pain: “I have fibromyalgia and could take one tablet and experience benefits for days. My muscle and joint pain vanished, my joints were more limber, and most importantly, the brain fog I experience so often was gone. I have not found anything that provides anything that provides a fraction of the relief that Vioxx provided. It's amazing. I hope they come up with a new formulation.”

10 / 10
Anonymous November 19, 2011

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “Vioxx was by far the best medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I can not believe that all of us suffering from this painful disease have to continue in such misery, when the medication that was by far the best ever was taken off the market. Thank you for letting me express my opinion.”

10 / 10
John27 May 16, 2010

For Osteoarthritis: “Vioxx was like a miracle drug with its ability to reduce pain. I would take about three a week and this would make my arthritis pain vanish. The drugs I'm on now don't even come close to doing the same job as Vioxx even when taking three and four a day. I've been on Celebrex, Arthrotec and Meloxicam. Bring back Vioxx and let the sufferers chose. These other drugs which do very little for me give me diarrhea and can cause heart attacks too, but minus the relief which Vioxx delivered. I'll bet there's an abundance of people suffering right now who would opt for Vioxx in a heartbeat.”

10 / 10
Taxlady71 June 7, 2016

For Osteoarthritis: “I have had osteoarthritis in my feet and hands since my 40's. Vioxx gave me overnight relief. One day I was limping, the next day I was pain free. I considered it my miracle drug. My doctor had me taking it every day and never told me it might be effective at a lower dose or if taken less frequently. I can't tell you how many times I have wished I had not sent back my 52 remaining pills as recommended. I am now in my 70's. Even knowing about the heart attack risk, I would take it again, in a heart beat. Nothing else works for me like Vioxx did. I am allergic to diclofenac. Ibuprofen helps but does not take away all of the pain unless I double the recommended dose and then not for very long. I hope they reintroduce Vioxx.”

10 / 10
joyfulhillbillie April 2, 2009

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “Vioxx was my miracle drug. For years I suffered from very painful arthritis. I was young and healthy, and Vioxx gave me my life back. Now in the past years without it, I get up every morning in pain. I'm only 42 and I can hardly stand to get out of bed. I miss just being able to walk down my road with my dog.”

10 / 10
Anonymous April 1, 2012

For Pain: “I had severe pinched nerve in my neck while on vacation on eastern Europe. My friend (she is a doctor here) got me Vioxx. One pill and 30 minutes later the pain was going away. 4 hours later it was gone. I was worried about the heart side effects but I'm on Toprol and Rythmol for my heart already and had no problems at all. ”

9 / 10
Banana · Taken for less than 1 month June 30, 2018

For Pain: “The powers to be should be comparing the deaths and costs attributed to the opioid epidemic with the deaths attributed to Vioxx. I worked in health care during the Vioxx days. Ruptured disk patients were given Vioxx for pain while the rupture healed and taken off it without any withdrawals. Anyone with a memory and limited math skills can see the correlation between the Vioxx exodus and the beginning of all the drugs that have become the great migration to opioids. Imagine what it would have been like if the millions of Vioxx users had to go through withdrawals when it was suddenly GONE ! Not only would we have had a lot of annoyed people in pain, which we did, but also hospitals full of puking addicts. Vioxx was not judged fairly and the possible side effects should have been openly shared with the patient to make their own choice.”

10 / 10
Anonymous August 9, 2009

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “My husband suffers from rheumatoid arthritis - when he was prescribed Vioxx he was able to walk without pain, participate in sports again, and was overall happy. He's in his 40's and is now suffering miserably. He's tried almost every other drug out there - and not one of them has had the same effect as Vioxx. People should have been upfront with their doctors and advised them of any other medications they were taking or herbal supplements they may have been taking. Physicians and their PA's should have been investigated and their practices, not Merck. Talk about quality of life - wouldn't you rather have five great years than living the rest of your life miserably. ”

10 / 10
Anonymous June 19, 2008

For Pain: “I took Vioxx for almost 2 years and I wish it was never withdrawn. I tried alot of other anti-inflamatories that didn't work the same and never stoped the pain. I wish they would bring it back and just only give it to people that dont have heart problems. It was the best thing to happen to me and I wish I could still use it.”

10 / 10
Anonymous July 27, 2009

For Pain: “Vioxx was a miracle drug for me. I suffer from peripheral neuropathy and fibromyalgia and just one Vioxx each day enabled me to function near normal. After it was pulled from the market, life has been a living hell. Celebrex, Bextra and all the other NSAIDs don't stop the pain. I'm 45 and hardly at risk for a heart attack. Why did they take this drug away from healthy people who were not at risk by it? This is crazy. Ibuprophen is more dangerous than Vioxx.”

10 / 10
MJen · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 22, 2016

For Pain: “My family dr gave me vioxx for back pain. It was amazing. I was in my early 20s then. I am 45 now and like to dream about how well it worked. I have looked for other ways to get it.I would take it no matter the risk to have some of my life back. My rheumatologist has prescribed celebrex since my first appointment with him. It does not work well. I am a mess and will likely die of a stroke or similar problem and that is because of the disease. What i need is something that can help me be like a person again. Vioxx is probably never going to be available but i would go to the moon to have it. I am a free person who lives in a free country so why don't I have a choice? I can't believe that medical Marijuana is available and vioxx is not.”

10 / 10

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