Compare Celebrex vs. Relafen

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

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Celebrex (celecoxib)

Prescription only

Relafen (nabumetone)

Prescription only
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
Relieves pain and inflammation.

Relafen (nabumetone) works well for relieving pain and inflammation, but may take up to a week to kick in.

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.
  • Relafen (nabumetone) is good for relieving pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Usually taken only once a day, while other NSAIDS need to be taken a few times a day for the same effect.
  • Relafen (nabumetone) causes less stomach upset and overall side effects than other NSAIDs, like ibuprofen and naproxen.
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.
  • Relafen (nabumetone) does not work as quickly as other NSAIDs.
  • Relafen (nabumetone), like other NSAIDS, is not safe for pregnant women and people who are age 60 or older.
  • Relafen (nabumetone) can cause serious complications including stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long period of time.
  • The safety and effectiveness of Relafen (nabumetone) for children are not known so they should not take it.
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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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3possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    14%
  • Upset stomach
    13%
  • Stomach pain
    12%
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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 and stroke
    • History of heart problems
    • Taking Relafen (nabumetone) for a long period of time
  • Stomach bleeding
    • History of stomach bleeding and/or ulcers
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, steroids, or blood thinners
    • Drinking alcoholic beverages
    • Smoking
    • Taking the medicine for a long period of time
    • People with poor general health
  • Severe allergic reaction
    • Asthma
    • Nasal polyps
    • Aspirin allergy
    • NSAID allergy
  • Kidney damage
    • Kidney disease
    • Heart failure
    • Liver disease
    • Taking certain high blood pressure medications
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking the medicine for a long period of time
  • Harm to fetus
    • Pregnant women
    • Women who want to or can become pregnant
  • Heart-related complications
    • Recent heart surgery or heart attack
    • History of high blood pressure
    • History of heart failure
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