6 Week Open-label Trial With Lumiracoxib 200mg o.d. in Primary Knee Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Assess safety and tolerability profile of lumiracoxib in comparison to baseline
Secondary Outcome Measures :
Demonstrate that lumiracoxib 200mg o.d. is effective in treating OA and pain due to RA with respect to overall OA/ RA pain intensity on a 0-100 mm Visual Analog Scale (VAS) after 6 weeks of treatment in comparison to baseline
Assess efficacy of lumiracoxib compared to baseline with respect to a) overall OA/ RA pain intensity b) patient's and physician's global assessment of disease activity c) patient functional status
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Requirement of regular NSAID therapy
With primary osteoarthritis of the target knee (by ACR Criteria) or with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (by ACR Criteria)
Evidence of active ulceration of the UGI tract within 6 months prior to the screening visit or history of active bleeding of the UGI tract within the previous 5 years. As well as with pyloric or duodenal obstruction or with history of gastrointestinal parasites.
History of cardiac and cerebral thrombotic/ischemic diseases and/or events
Patients taking additional NSAIDs (including COX-2 inhibitors) during the course of the study.
Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply