Compare Celebrex vs. Arthrotec

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

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Relieves pain and inflammation.

Celebrex (celecoxib) works well for treating pain, but is not a good option if you have heart problems.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 550 reviewsforCelebrex
Treats arthritis pain and swelling.

Arthrotec (Diclofenac / Misoprostol) is an okay medication used to treat pain and swelling caused by arthritis. However, because of the risk of heart attack, it's recommended to limit the amount you take.

Upsides
  • Celebrex (celecoxib) effectively relieves pain and inflammation for many types of pain conditions including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and menstrual cramps.
  • Celebrex (celecoxib) causes less stomach problems compared to other NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen.
  • Celebrex (celecoxib) is available as a cheaper, generic form.
  • Celebrex (celecoxib) has the lowest risk of heart attack compared to other NSAIDs.
  • Clinical studies show that Arthrotec (Diclofenac / Misoprostol) is better at relieving arthritis pain than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Can be used as needed to treat pain and swelling.
  • Available as a generic.
Downsides
  • The longer you take Celebrex (celecoxib), the more likely you are to have stomach problems, including inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding.
  • Celebrex (celecoxib) can affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
  • Celebrex (celecoxib) shouldn't be used if you have an allergy to sulfa medications.
  • Can't be used in pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • You should avoid alcohol while on Arthrotec (Diclofenac / Misoprostol) since it can increase your risk of stomach issues.
  • If you're taking it on a regular basis, you'll need to get labs done to make sure your liver and kidneys aren't being affected.
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  • Extended release
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Reviews
550 reviews so far
57%
saidit'sworth it
38%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
16possible side effects
  • Headache
    16%
  • Indigestion
    9%
  • Upper respiratory infection
    8%
  • Diarrhea
    6%
  • Sinus infection
    5%
  • Stomach pain
    4%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Injury
    3%
  • Gas
    2%
  • Swelling in the limbs
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    2%
  • Sore throat
    2%
  • Stuffy nose
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
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6possible side effects
  • Abdominal pain
    21%
  • Diarrhea
    19%
  • Dyspepsia
    14%
  • Nausea
    11%
  • GI disorders
    9%
  • Flatulence
    9%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Heart attack and stroke
    • Long-term use
    • History of heart disease
    • History of heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft/CABG)
  • Stomach bleeding
    • Age 65 or older
    • History of GI bleed or peptic ulcer disease
    • Longer duration of treatment
    • Use of oral corticosteroids, aspirin, anticoagulants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
    • Smoking
    • Alcohol use
  • Increased blood pressure
    • History of high blood pressure
  • Heart failure risk
    • Heart failure
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of sulfa allergy
  • Lowered kidney function
    • History of kidney problems
    • Dehydration
    • Heart failure
    • Liver problems
    • Taking diuretic medications
    • ACE inhibitors
    • Angiotensin II receptor blockers
    • Age 65 or older
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  • Heart attack or stroke
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Being overweight or obese
    • Smoking
  • Stomach bleeding
    • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
    • Age 65 years or older
  • Bruising or bleeding
    • Hemophilia
    • von Willebrand's disease
    • Low blood platelet count
    • Also taking an anticoagulant medication
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • Asthma
    • Rhinitis
    • Nasal polyps
    • Aspirin allergy
    • NSAID allergy
  • Lowers kidney function
    • Kidney disease
    • Heart failure
    • Liver disease
    • Taking diuretics
    • Taking ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)
    • Age 65 or older
  • Increased blood pressure
    • History of high blood pressure
    • Taking water pills (diuretics)
  • Harm to unborn babies
    • Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)
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