Compare Aspirin vs. Celebrex

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Aspirin

Over-the-counter

Celebrex (Celecoxib)

Prescription only
Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation. Protects your heart and thins blood.

A low dose of Aspirin (81mg) every day can protect your heart, but it's not the best medicine to take for pain, swelling, or fever.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 533 reviewsforAspirin
Relieves pain and inflammation.

Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.

4.6/ 7 average rating with 550 reviewsforCelebrex
Upsides
  • When taking low doses (81 mg) every day, Aspirin provides protection for your heart and prevents heart attacks and stroke.
  • Used in higher doses to relieve pain, swelling, and fever.
  • Available over-the-counter in drugstores by itself and in combination with other cold and flu medications.
  • Relieves pain and inflammation for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Good for treating muscle aches and pains, as well as menstrual cramps.
  • Causes fewer stomach problems than other NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen.
  • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen.
Downsides
  • Not a preferred medication for treating pain, swelling, or fever due to its high risk of bleeding.
  • NSAIDs (like ibuprofen and naproxen) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are better for treating pain and fever thank Aspirin.
  • Aspirin raises your risk of bleeding, especially when used with other blood thinner medications like warfarin (Coumadin).
  • Studies show that using higher doses of Aspirin (162 mg or more) every day raises your risk of stomach bleeding and doesn't provide any additional heart protection.
  • The longer you take Celebrex (Celecoxib), the more likely you are to have stomach problems, including inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. Can also happen if you take Celebrex (Celecoxib) on an empty stomach.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of blood clots, heart attack, or a stroke.
  • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
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Reviews
533 
76%
think this treatment is worth it
41%
think this treatment works well
6%
think this treatment is a hassle

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550 
57%
think this treatment is worth it
38%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Aspirin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Celebrex (Celecoxib) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Brain damage or death from Reye's Syndrome

    Children 18 years or younger

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding or ulcers

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reactions

    Asthma

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Harm to unborn babies

    Women of childbearing age

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  • Heart attack and stroke

    Long-term use

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Stomach bleeding

    Age 65 or older

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased swelling (edema) and fluid retention

    History of heart failure

  • Asthma attacks

    History of asthma

  • Lowered kidney function

    Kidney Disease

    ...and 6 more risk factors

  • Harm to unborn babies

    Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)

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