What is Celebrex used for?

Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug(NSAIDs). It is used to relieve signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in adults and osteoarthritis (degenerative bone disease). It is also used to treat acute pain in adults and painful menstruation.

How does Celebrex work?

This prescription drug works by blocking the enzyme in your body that makes prostaglandins. Decreasing prostaglandins helps to reduce pain and swelling. As a consequence, inflammation and its supplementary pain, fever, swelling and tenderness are reduced. Celebrex is also used to reduce growths that are found in the intestines (colon polyps) of persons with a family history of this situation.

What you should know before using Celebrex

Taking this medicine can increase your increase your risk of heart or circulation problems, including heart attack or stroke. The risk is greater if you have heart disease or use NSAIDs for a long time. Do not use this medicine just before or after having heart bypass surgery. This medicine can also increase your risk of serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These conditions can be fatal and gastrointestinal effects can occur without warning at any time while you are taking Celebrex.

Before using Celebrex tell your doctor if you have:

  • History of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot;
  • Heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure;
  • Stomach ulcers or bleeding;
  • Seizure disorder such as epilepsy;
  • Asthma;
  • Polyps in your nose;
  • Bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
  • Liver or kidney disease.

If you are planning to become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Celebrex during pregnancy.

What to avoid while taking Celebrex

Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol can increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Do not use any other pain medication without consulting your doctor. Avoid sunlight and use sunscreen, because Celebrex can make your skin sensitive.

How to take Celebrex

  • Take exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Take your dose with a full glass of water.
  • Can be taken with or without a meal.

Side effects of Celebrex

Most severe: Stomach perforation; severe allergic reaction (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

Most common: Stomach pain; diarrhea; indigestion; gas; nausea; back pain; swelling; dizziness; headache; sleeplessness; sore throat; runny nose; sinus inflammation; upper respiratory tract infection.

Other (Rare): Allergic reactions, anxiety, belching, blisters in mouth and eyes, blood disorders, blood infections, blurred vision, bone disorders, breast pain, breast problems, bronchitis, cataracts, chest pain, colitis, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), constipation.

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