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Technology Guidance - Drug

Oral COX-2 inhibitors for treating pain Published on 2 September 2019


Guidance Recommendations
The Ministry of Health's Drug Advisory Committee has recommended:
  • celecoxib 200 mg capsule; and
  • etoricoxib 60 mg, 90 mg and 120 mg tablets
for treating pain in line with their registered indications in Singapore.

For patients with renal impairment or who have an increased risk of cardiovascular events, clinicians should consider prescribing COX-2 inhibitors at the lowest effective daily dose for the shortest duration possible.

Subsidy status

Celecoxib 200 mg capsule and etoricoxib 60 mg, 90 mg and 120 mg tablets are recommended for inclusion on the MOH Standard Drug List (SDL) for the abovementioned indication.



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