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Celebrex
(Celecoxib)

Relafen
(Nabumetone)

Relieves pain and inflammation. Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.Coming soon.
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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
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Celebrex side effects.

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How it works
CelebrexRelafen
Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Coming soon.
Type of medication
CelebrexRelafen
Prescription only
Available as
CelebrexRelafen
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
CelebrexRelafen
  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
Risk factors for serious side effects
CelebrexRelafen
  • 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
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking water pills (diuretics)
  • History of heart failure
    • History of asthma
    • Kidney Disease
    • Heart Failure
    • Liver Disease
    • Also taking diuretics
    • Also taking ACE inhibitors
    • Also taking Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
    • Age 65 or older
    • Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)
    Detailed Celebrex (Celecoxib) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
    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 animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
    CelebrexRelafen
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    CelebrexRelafen
    • 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.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    CelebrexRelafen
    • 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
    CelebrexRelafen
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    CelebrexRelafen
    • 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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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    CelebrexRelafen
    • 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.
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