Celebrex and Bextra are two of the most similar drugs to Vioxx. And Pfizer would love to have everyone that took Vioxx to switch to one of their products.
But doctors and pharmacists say these medications may not be necessary to help alleviate joint pain. Other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs may work just as well.
Older and less expensive medications like Naproxen or Ibuprofen may be enough for you. However, if you have stomach ulcers or are bothered by these drugs, you should talk to your doctor about Celebrex or Bextra.
Pharmacists say these Pfizer drugs do not work any better, but just help relieve this side effect.