Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Pain

Celebrex

(celecoxib)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Pain
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Relieves pain and inflammation.

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

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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
How it works

Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.

What to expect when you take Celebrex (celecoxib) for Arthritis

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Side effect rates for Celebrex (celecoxib)

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Risks and Warnings for Celebrex (celecoxib)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Long-term use
    • History of heart disease
    • History of heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft/CABG)

    Taking Celebrex (Celecoxib) for extended amounts of time can raise your risk of heart attack or stroke, especially if you've had a history of heart disease or are planning heart bypass surgery. Take Celebrex (Celecoxib) for the shortest amount of time possible needed to control your symptoms to lower this risk. Talk to your doctor about alternatives to Celebrex (Celecoxib) if you're going to have heart bypass surgery.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

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Common concerns from people taking Celebrex (celecoxib)

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Food
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Take it with food always, after breakfast, and bedtime snack!
  • Take it with food
  • Take with food to ensure you do not get an upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
Pain
  • 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.
  • I have found it to relieve pain better than any thing I have tried before. Time will tell if it continues. I plan on taking it daily as without a pain reliever I can not function with the osteoarthritus.
  • Sometimes causes nausea, but works great for pain management
  • It worked for my knee pain, which is part torn meniscus and part arthritis, but affected my kidneys so I had to stop taking.
Weight
  • Caused bloating and gassy