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Parecoxib information from DrugsUpdate  

See Available Brands of Parecoxib in India

P - Contraindicated in pregnancy
L - Contraindicated in lactation

Parecoxib is a water soluble and injectable prodrug of valdecoxib. It is marketed as Dynastat in the European Union. Parecoxib is a COX2 selective inhibitor in the same category as celecoxib (Celebrex) and rofecoxib (Vioxx).



Parecoxib is the prodrug of valdecoxib. It has a very high selectivity for inhibiting cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) mediated prostaglandin synthesis to reduce mediators of pain and inflammation. The selective inhibition of COX-2 is coupled with reduced GI toxicity, but associated increased risk for thrombotic events and renal impairment have been noted.

Plasma protein binding: approx 98%.

Hydrolysed in the liver to its active metabolite, valdecoxib, and propionic acid; plasma half-life: 22 minutes.

Via urine; approx 70% of a dose appearing as inactive metabolites, <5% of a dose appears as unchanged valdecoxib in the urine. Trace amounts of unchanged drug in faeces. Elimination half-life: 8 hours.

Parecoxib Indications / Parecoxib Uses

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Parecoxib Adverse Reactions / Parecoxib Side Effects

Rash, ulcerations or any other signs of an allergic reaction; GI disturbances and bleeding; hypotension; hypertension; back pain; oedema; numbness; agitation or sleeping difficulties; anaemia; sore throat or difficulty breathing; pruritus; decreased urine output; jaundice, abnormal liver function; low platelet count; skin swelling, blistering or peeling; kidney failure; heart failure, heart attack, bradycardia, arrhythmia.

Potentially Fatal: Anaphylaxis, Steven-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis.


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Special Precautions

Elderly, children ; history of GI ulceration, perforation or bleed; oedema; dehydration; hyperlipidaemia; DM; hypertension; liver or kidney disease; concurrent infection. May impair ability to drive or operate machinery.

Other Drug Interactions

Enhances effects of oral anticoagulants (azapropazone and phenylbutazone); increases plasma concentrations of lithium, methotrexate, and cardiac glycosides; increased risk of nephrotoxicity with ACE inhibitors, ciclosporin, tacrolimus, or diuretics; reduces antihypertensive effects of some antihypertensives (ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, diuretics); occurrence of convulsions with quinolones; increases effects of phenytoin and sulfonylurea antidiabetics; increased risk of adverse effects with other NSAIDs (including aspirin) and misoprostol; risk of GI bleeding and ulceration increased with corticosteroids, SSRIs, the SNRI venlafaxine, the antiplatelets clopidogrel and ticlopidine, iloprost, erlotinib, sibutramine, alcohol, bisphosphonates, or pentoxifylline; increased risk of haematotoxicity with zidovudine; increased plasma concentrations with ritonavir; may alter the efficacy of mifepristone; metabolism may be decreased with CYP3A4 (e.g ketoconazole) and CYP2C9 inhibitors (e.g. fluconazole), or increased with enzyme inducers (e.g. carbamazepine, dexamethasone).

Other Interactions

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Postoperative pain
Adult: 40 mg slow IM or IV injection, then 20 or 40 mg every 6-12 hours as required. Max dose: 80 mg/day.
Child: <18 years: Not recommended.
Elderly: <50 kg: 20 mg slow IV or IM injection, repeat to a max of 40 mg/day.
Hepatic impairment: Mild impairment (Child-Pugh score 5-6): No dosage adjustment. Moderate impairment (Child-Pugh score 7-9): Half the usual dose, repeat to a max of 40 mg/day. Severe impairment (Child-Pugh score >9): Not recommended.

Reconstitute with sodium chloride 0.9%, glucose 5%, or sodium chloride 0.45% with glucose 5%.


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List of Contraindications

Parecoxib and Pregnancy

Contraindicated in pregnancy

Parecoxib and Lactation

Contraindicated in lactation

Parecoxib and Children

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Parecoxib and Geriatic

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Parecoxib and Other Contraindications

Aspirin or NSAID hypersensitivity; allergy to sulphonamides; inflammatory bowel disease; moderate to severe heart failure; ischaemic heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, or cerebrovascular disease; following CABG; active peptic ulceration; severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh score ≥10); pregnancy (3rd trimester) and lactation.


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Lab interference

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