What is Celebrex?
CELEBREX (celecoxib) is an anti-inflammatory medication that is used to relieve some symptoms caused by arthritis, such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Doctors may prescribe CELEBREX to treat conditions such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and menstrual pain. It is also used in the treatment of hereditary polyps in the colon.
Important Information about Celebrex
Celebrex may not be for you if you have heart or circulation problems. Therefore, you should not be using Celebrex if you have already experienced a heart attack or if you are about to go for a heart surgery.
For that reason, if you ever experience chest pain, shortness of breath or balance issues when taking Celebrex; make sure you seek emergency help as soon as possible. You should also contact medical help if you have stomach bleedings.
It is recommended to avoid alcohol when taking Celebrex to avoid possible symptoms and/or side effects from taking Celebrex.
Before You Take Celebrex
Like all medications, there are potential risks that you should be aware of before taking CELEBREX. CELEBREX may cause life-threatening heart or circulation problems such as heart attack or stroke, especially if used long-term.
This medication can cause serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation. These conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning while you are taking CELEBREX, especially in older adults.
Before you take Celebrex it is important to consult your doctor if you have any of the following:
- If you are taking any other medications
- Any allergies
- A family history of heart attacks, stoke or blood clots
- Heart disease, heart failure or high blood pressure
- Stomach ulcers
- Liver or kidney disease
- Seizure disorder
- Bleeding or blood clots
- If you are pregnant or nursing
How Should you Take Celebrex?
Take Celebrex as directed by your doctor and follow instructions on the label. It should be taken with food to avoid your stomach from becoming upset. Also it is important to Celebrex at room temperature and away from heat and moisture.
What Should You Avoid?
There are several things to avoid while taking CELEBREX:
- Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase the risk of stomach bleeding
- Avoid taking Celebrex together with other NSAIDs medications
- Consult your doctor before using any cold, allergy, or pain medicine
- Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Celebrex can make you sunburn more easily
Side Effects of Celebrex
As with all medications, CELEBREX has side effects which range from moderate to serious. Users of Celebrex may or may not experience these. This is not a full list of side effects. Other side effects may occur.
Less serious side effects from CELEBREX may include:
- upset stomach,
- runny or stuffy nose
- sore throat
- mild skin rash
- back pain
- inability to sleep
Serious side effects from CELEBREX may include:
- difficulty breathings
- welling of the face, tongue, lips or throat
- chest pain,
- shortness of breath
- slurred speech,
- problems with vision or balance
- black, bloody, or tarry stools
- coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- swelling or rapid weight gain
- urinating more or less than usual
- nausea, upper stomach pain
- loss of appetite
- dark urine
- clay-colored stools
- skin rash
- severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness
Stop using CELEBREX and call your doctor immediately if you have any of the above side effects.
Clinical studies prove that a lower percentage of patients taking CELEBREX (celecoxib) reported stomach discomfort (including indigestion, abdominal pain, and nausea) versus those taking prescription ibuprofen and naproxen.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.