What is Celebrex?
Celebrex is the brand name for the medication celecoxib. It belongs to a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Celebrex works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. It is used in the treatment of pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and menstrual pain. Celebrex may also used in the treatment of hereditary polyps in the colon.
Important Infomation about Celebrex
Long term use of celebrex can result in may cause life-threatening heart or circulation problems, such as heart attack or stroke. Patients who have had a heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG) or will have this surgery should not take this medication. If you have chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or problems with vision or balance seek medical help immediately.
Clexbrex can have serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole), especially in older adults. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any symptoms including; black, bloody, or tarry stools, or coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. Avoid drinking alcohol, this could increase your risk of developing a stomach bleed.
Celebrex Side Effects
Along with the needed effects of Celebrex there are also side effects. Not all patients will experience side effects to Celebrex use. However, if you do experience any of the following side effect contact your Doctor immediately;
- skin rash
- sore throat
- swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
Other side effects to Celebrex are less severe and more common, not requiring any medical attention. These side effects include;
- Back pain
- inability to sleep
- pain or burning in the throat
- stuffy or runny nose
Celebrex is an NSAID that is used in the treatment of pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and menstrual pain. Celebrex may also used in the treatment of hereditary polyps in the colon.
Along with the needed effects of Celebrex there is a high risk of heart attack and stomach bleed in patients. If you have a health history with these problems, or similar, do not take Celebrex.
Celebrex is used in the treatment of;
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Management of Acute Pain and Treatment of Primary Dysmenorrhea
Celebrex Dosage and Directions
The average dose for;
- Osteoarthritis – oral dose is 200 mg per day administered as a single dose or as 100 mg twice daily.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – oral dose is 100 to 200 mg twice daily.
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis – patients ages 2 and over weighing ≥10 kg to ≤25 kg the recommended dose is 50 mg twice daily. For patients >25 kg the recommended dose is 100 mg twice daily.
- Ankylosing Spondylitis – is 200 mg daily in single dose or divided into two doses for twice daily.
- Management of Acute Pain and Treatment of Primary Dysmenorrhea – 400 mg initially, followed by an additional 200 mg dose if needed on the first day, then 200 mg twice daily as needed.