What is Celebrex?
Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID, specifically a COX-2 inhibitor that is used to provide relief to pain and inflammation. Celebrex is used to treat arthritis, acute pain, and menstrual discomfort. The relief from pain and inflammation that Celebrex provides helps you perform better your normal daily activities.
How does Celebrex work?
Celebrex works by blocking the enzymes in the body that makes prostaglandins. The reduction of prostaglandins will help you reduce pain and swelling.
What are the benefits of taking Celebrex?
The main benefit of taking Celebrex is to provide relief from the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, menstrual discomfort, and other inflammations and pains.
How do I use Celebrex?
Before you start taking Celebrex, it is important that you read first the medication guide provided by your pharmacist. Do the same thing each time you get a refill of the medication. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have questions about the use of the medication.
Take Celebrex orally as directed by your doctor, which is usually once or twice daily. Take Celebrex with food to reduce the risk of a stomach upset. The dosage of Celebrex is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment. Start taking Celebrex at the lowest effective dose for the prescribed length of treatment.
Take Celebrex with a full glass of water unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Do not lie down within ten minutes after taking the medication.
If you are taking Celebrex to treat arthritis, it may take up to two weeks before you feel the full benefit of the medication. If you are taking Celebrex on an “as needed” basis, you have to bear in mind that it will work better when taken at the first sign of pain. Waiting until the pain has worsened may result in the medication not working well.
The usual dose of Celebrex is once or twice daily for the entire course of treatment prescribed by the doctor.
Side effects & precautions
Bear in mind that your doctor prescribed this medication because he believes that the benefits to you are greater than the risk of side effects. Many people who use Celebrex did not experience any side effects.
Stomach upset or gas may occur after taking Celebrex. If any of these side effects worsen or persist, tell your doctor right away.
Celebrex may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and report to your doctor if you get high results.
Immediately inform your doctor if experience any serious side effects, including severe headache, pains or swelling in the groin or calf, signs of kidney problems including change in the amount of urine, painful or difficulty in swallowing, symptoms of a heart failure including swelling of the ankles and feet, unusual or sudden weight gain, or unusual tiredness.
Celebrex may rarely cause serious liver disease. Call for emergency medical help right away if you have symptoms of liver damage such as dark urine, severe stomach or abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin and eyes, and persistent nausea or vomiting.
If you experience any other side effects that you believe are associated with your use of Celebrex, report to your doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Celebrex before taking the medication. Inform your doctor if you are allergic to aspirin, other NSAIDs, other COX-2 inhibitors, or if you have other forms of allergy. Celebrex may have some inactive ingredients that can trigger an allergic reaction or other problems.
Tell your doctor your medical history before you start taking Celebrex. Kidney problems may sometimes occur with the use of NSAID medications, including Celebrex. This problem is likely to occur when you are dehydrated, have kidney or heart disease, or you an older adult. Drink plenty of liquids as directed by your doctor to prevent dehydration. Immediately report to your doctor any changes in the amount of urine.
Celebrex can possibly cause bleeding in the stomach. Combining the use of tobacco and alcohol with Celebrex may increase your risk of stomach bleeding. Limit alcohol and smoking especially when you are taking Celebrex.
Before undergoing any surgical procedure, tell your healthcare professional about the products you are using.
Older adults may be more sensitive to Celebrex’s side effects, including stomach bleeding and kidney problems.
Take special caution when administering Celebrex to children with a certain type of arthritis. They could have an increased risk of serious clotting or bleeding problems.
During pregnancy, Celebrex should be used only when clearly needed. Celebrex should not be taken during the first and last trimesters of pregnancy.
Celebrex passes into breast milk. So far, there are no reports of Celebrex harming a nursing infant but it is best that you consult first your doctor before breastfeeding.
Some medications may interact with Celebrex. It is advised that you share with your doctor a list of all the medications you are currently taking before you start taking Celebrex. Your doctor will determine which of the medications you are taking will interact with Celebrex.