Generic Name: celecoxib
Drug Class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Celebrex is an oral prescription drug used to treat pain and swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. It is also indicated for acute pain and primary dysmenorrhea.
This is available in Celebrex 200 mg and 100 mg capsules.
Mechanism of Action
The action of this medication is focused on the inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis by inhibiting cyclooxygenase-2 or COX-2. This results in its analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory effects.
How to Take Celebrex
Please read the medication information leaflet given to you by your healthcare provider before you begin taking this medication. You must not take any medication unless you have understood the uses and directions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further medical advice or additional details.
This capsule is only meant to be taken by mouth. This is usually prescribed once or twice a day. Since this drug can cause stomach upset, it is best to take it with a meal. Swallow the capsule entirely and drink a full glass of water (8 ounces).
Make a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your Celebrex dosage. You should not also take this oral drug more frequently than advised.
Celebrex Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-High blood pressure
-Pain/swelling in the groin or calf
-Signs of heart failure
-Signs of kidney problems
-Symptoms of liver damage
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Celebrex.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and call your doctor or any health care professional.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to celecoxib, aspirin, other NSAIDs, or any inactive ingredients it may contain. Always be watchful for any signs of serious allergic reactions, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. If this occurs, stop taking this oral medication and seek emergency medical help immediately.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of asthma, gastrointestinal problems, liver disease, kidney disease, hypertension, stroke, nasal polyps, and blood disorders. Also, due to possible drug interactions, you should discuss all the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
NSAIDs like celecoxib may cause kidney problems. The risk can be even higher for patients with dehydration, heart failure, and renal problems. Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water while on this drug. Alert your healthcare provider once you notice changes in your urine output.
Avoid using tobacco, smoking, and drinking alcohol while taking this drug. Certain substances can further increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Children taking this medication for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis should watch out for disseminated intravascular coagulation, a very serious bleeding problem.
Pregnant moms must never take this medication because it is known to harm unborn babies and can cause problems with normal vaginal delivery. Further, it is can also pass into the breastmilk. Breastfeeding moms must discuss with the doctor the possible risks before taking this drug.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1.Is Celebrex a good pain reliever?
This oral medication is more effective for pain compared to other pain relievers. Additionally, it can also reduce swelling or inflammation.
2.Will Celebrex make you feel sleepy?
Celecoxib does not cause sleepiness or drowsiness. However, you may experience headaches, dizziness, or nausea while on this medication.
3.Is Celebrex and meloxicam the same?
Both medications inhibit the release of prostaglandin. On meloxicam vs Celebrex, the latter is only available in oral capsules. The former comes in oral tablets, capsules, suspensions, and disintegrating tablets.
4.Can I drink alcohol if I’m on Celebrex?
Celebrex and alcohol may interact and cause cardiovascular problems or kidney damage. Thus, you must avoid alcohol while taking this drug.
5.Can you take Tylenol with Celebrex?
It is okay to take Tylenol with celecoxib. There are no observed interactions between these two medications.
6.Can I buy Celebrex over the counter?
This drug is only available by prescription. If you want to purchase this product online, you will be required to present a valid prescription.
7. How much does Celebrex cost?
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