Without a Prescription
Celebrex is a NSAIDs drug (Non-steroidal Anti Inflammatory medicine). As a NSAID drug, Celebrex fights against inflammation, pain or swelling by reducing the amount of substances that cause them.
Celebrex is usually prescribed to patients who suffer from Stiffness, pain or inflammation which may accompany Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Celebrex helps ease these symptoms while also decreasing the amount of polyps from your body (familial adenomatous polyposis, adenomatous colorectal polyps). Celecoxib is also prescribed for patients experiencing acute pain and even menstruation related pains.
Celebrex must be taken in according to your doctor's recommendations. Therefore, a patient who is following a treatment with Celebrex must take into consideration each and every instruction that their doctor has given them. Every dose of Celebrex should be taken along with a glass of water. A patient who has been prescribed a daily low dosage of the drug may not need to eat food or drink milk prior to the dose's intake. However, in the case of higher doses, the patient should reinforce his or her stomach with some food or liquids before taking Celebrex, to avoid stomach upsets.
Celecoxib is known interact with several drugs. You should consult with your doctor if you
- Are allergic to aspirin;
- Are allergic to other nsaid drugs such as naproxen, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, diflunisal, diclofenac, etodolac, flurbirofen, flurbiprofen, ketorolac, indomethacin, meloxicam, oxaproxin, nabumetone, piroxicam, tolmetin, sulindac;
- Are asthmatic;
- Have allergies to sulfa based medicines;
- Prone to hives;
You should inform your doctor in case you are
- Are suffering from blood coagulation disorders;
- Drinking alcohol;
- Experiencing bleeding or ulcers in the stomach;
- Experiencing hypertension;
- Have a congestive heart disorder;
- Have ailments;
- Have kidney disorders;
- Have liver disorders;
- Taking anti-coagulants;
- Taking steroid medicines (like prednisone, prednisolone, methylprednisolone, etc.);
If you are taking any of the drugs mentioned here you might be told by your doctor to stop your prednisolone treatment or he might want to adjust your dosage of the drug.
Celebrex is a category C pregnancy drug, meaning that it has not been established whether a treatment with it could harm pregnant women, nor it is known whether it can lead to unwanted birth defects. During the pregnancy's third trimester a treatment with Celebrex should be avoided. If you are pregnant or are planning to be so soon, you should consult with your doctor before starting a treatment with Celebrex. If you are breastfeeding an infant you should not start taking Celebrex without consulting with your physician.
The effects of a treatment with Celecoxib are not known in the case of patients younger than 18 years old.
The suitable dosage for each patient should be prescribed by a doctor. If the patient is 65 or older, his physician should prescribe him a lower dose of Celebrex.
Even if you miss a Celebrex dose you must not take a double dose. It is recommended that you should continue following your regular treatment schedule.
If you suspect a Celebrex overdose you should seek immediate medical attention. The overdose's symptoms are: nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, buzzing in one's ears, dizziness, coma, shallow or slow breathing, etc.
Celebrex's side effects include:
- Abdominal discomforts and distress;
- Abnormal bleeding or bruises;
- Allergic reactions (like hives, throat constrictions, breathing difficulties, swelling of tongue, lips and mouth);
- Black, tarry or bloody stools;
- Blood in vomitus;
- Flu-like symptoms;
- General lethargy;
- Rashes or itches;
- Unusual weight gain;
- Water retention;
If you are experiencing these side effects you should stop your treatment with Celebrex and seek medical attention.
Other milder symptoms are:
If you suspect other out of the ordinary side effects you should inform your doctor at once.
Before starting a Celebrex Treatment you must inform your physician if you are taking medicines such as:
- Benazepril or other ace inhibitors;
- Cold medications, analgesics (like ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen ), allergy medicines;
- Furosemide or other diuretics;
- Prednisone or other corticosteroids;
- Warfarin or other anticoagulants;
If you are taking any of the drugs mentioned here you might need to stop your Celebrex treatment or make changes to your regular dosage.
If you need information regarding Celebrex you should ask your doctor or a pharmacist. You could also consult online pharmacy sites or Canada Pharmacy (places where you can buy the drug from). Carefully read the druglets found in the medicine's package.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Celebrex may also be known as: