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Rofecoxib is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that was used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, acute pain conditions, and dysmenorrhoea.

Formerly marketed by Merck & Co. under the trade names Vioxx, Ceoxx and Ceeoxx, it was voluntarily withdrawn from the market in 2004 because of concerns about increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

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