Compare Celebrex vs. Prednisone

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

Celebrex
(celecoxib)

Deltasone
(prednisone)

Relieves pain and inflammation. Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.Calms down your immune system. Deltasone (Prednisone) is a common oral corticosteroid that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.
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Best available price for 10 (20mg) tablets of prednisone
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4.59Celebrex
Reviews for Celebrex (celecoxib)
57%
of people (All ages) say Celebrex (celecoxib) is worth it
38%
say it works well
14%
say it's a big hassle
550 reviews
Have you used Celebrex (celecoxib)?
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Reviews for Deltasone (prednisone)
59%
+2% better vs. Celebrex (celecoxib)
45%
+7% better vs. Celebrex (celecoxib)
20%
-6% worse vs. Celebrex (celecoxib)
540 reviews
Have you used Deltasone (prednisone)?
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Side effects
CelebrexPrednisone

We haven’t found good data for Celebrex side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Celebrex »

The Prednisone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Prednisone side effects »
How it works
CelebrexPrednisone
Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Deltasone (Prednisone) is a corticosteroid that's similar to what your body naturally makes. It reduces swelling and other immune responses that can cause you pain, discomfort, or harm.
Type of medication
CelebrexPrednisone
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
CelebrexPrednisone
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
CelebrexPrednisone
Risk factors for serious side effects
CelebrexPrednisone
  • Long-term use
  • History of heart disease
  • History of heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft/CABG)
  • Age 65 or older
  • History of GI bleed or peptic ulcer disease
Detailed Celebrex (celecoxib) risks & warnings »
  • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Long-term treatment
  • Not vaccinated against viral diseases
  • Contact with people who have viral illness
Detailed Deltasone (prednisone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Price
CelebrexPrednisone
No price related info.
  • Short-term use in controlling immune responses that are causing you discomfort, and works quickly to relieve symptoms like swelling, rash, asthma attacks, gout attacks.
Food
CelebrexPrednisone
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Take with food to decrease stomach upset.
Kidneys and liver
CelebrexPrednisone
  • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • Celebrex (Celecoxib), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can cause lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. You're at higher risk for this if you've a history of kidney disease, heart failure, and liver disease. Taking Diuretic, ACE inhibitor, or Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) medications also increases your risk. If you are 65 or older you're also at a higher risk for these types of kidney problems.
  • Adrenal suppression leading to adrenal crisis can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Deltasone (Prednisone) too quickly. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your Deltasone (Prednisone) dose need to be done slowly over time. Talk to your doctor before you make any changes or stop the medication.
Pain
CelebrexPrednisone
  • 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.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
CelebrexPrednisone
  • 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.
  • Steroid magic, can help you feel better, have more energy and get more appetite.
  • Useful for many conditions.
  • Short-term use in controlling immune responses that are causing you discomfort, and works quickly to relieve symptoms like swelling, rash, asthma attacks, gout attacks.
  • Long-term use in suppressing the immune system from causing your body harm, like many autoimmune related conditions.
Downsides and risks
CelebrexPrednisone
  • 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.
  • Lots of side effects, especially with long term use.
  • Short-term use can cause mood changes, trouble sleeping and increase in blood pressure, blood sugar, and possible water retention.
  • Long-term use can cause problems with skin, bone, eye health and put you at a higher risk for infections.
  • People with certain conditions will have to pay extra attention to their symptoms or may have to adjust the dose of other medicines when taking Prednisone.
  • When using corticosteroids for more than 1 week, you will need to work with a doctor to get off the medicine slowly.
  • Only available as an oral medicine so the rest of your body will be exposed to the medicine.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
CelebrexPrednisone
  • Starts working in 1 to 3 hours.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
  • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • The dose and duration on how long you need the medicine depends on your condition and response.
  • Take it exactly as your doctor prescribed.
  • Take with food to decrease stomach upset.
  • Can cause trouble sleeping. Take in the morning or 2-3 hours before bed if more than one dose is needed.
  • Can cause changes in mood, blood pressure, blood sugar, and water retention.
  • You should check your blood pressure and blood sugar when taking this medicine if you already have high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • A taper is is often needed to stop the medicine, especially if you've been on it for more than 1 week.
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