Celebrex is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that represents a huge breakthrough in the treatment of pain, inflammation, and stiffness of arthritis.
You should continue to take CELEBREX as prescribed even when you are feeling better. CELEBREX can be taken with or without food.
For Osteoarthritis, the recommended dose for CELEBREX is 100 - 200 mg a day. CELEBREX delivers 24-hour relief from a once-daily dose of 200 mg.
For Rheumatoid Arthritis, the recommended dose for CELEBREX is 100 mg to 200 mg, twice a day. CELEBREX will provide relief through the day and the night.
If you take aspirin for the prevention of heart attack or stroke, you can still take CELEBREX. However, taking CELEBREX and aspirin together can increase your risk for developing stomach ulcers compared to taking CELEBREX alone. CELEBREX is not a substitute for aspirin for heart attack or stroke prevention.
CELEBREX is not a substitute for corticosteroids or to treat corticosteroid insufficiency. Abrupt discontinuation of this medicine may lead to exacerbation of corticosteroid-responsive illness.
Do not take CELEBREX if you:
have had an allergic reaction such as asthma attacks
hives, or swelling of the throat and face to aspirin or other NSAIDs (for example, ibuprofen and naproxen).
have had an allergic reaction to celecoxib, which is the active ingredient of CELEBREX any of its inactive ingredients.
If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Celebrex should not be used in late pregnancy because it may harm the fetus.
If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is not known whether Celebrex is passed through to human breast milk and what its effects could be on a nursing child.
If you have kidney disease.
If you have liver disease.
If you have heart failure.
If you have high blood pressure.
If you have had an allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs.
If you have had a serious stomach problem (ulcers) in the past.
Rare side effects that have been reported in patients taking CELEBREX:
Serious stomach problems, such as stomach and intestinal bleeding, can occur with or without warning symptoms. These problems, if severe, could lead to hospitalization or death. Although this happens rarely, you should watch for signs that you may have this serious side effect.
Serious allergic reactions including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and/or throat which may cause difficulty breathing or swallowing and wheezing occur rarely but may require treatment right away. Severe skin reactions have also been reported.
Serious kidney problems occur rarely, including acute kidney failure and worsening of chronic kidney failure.
Severe liver problems, including hepatitis, jaundice and liver failure, occur rarely in patients taking NSAIDs, including CELEBREX. Symptoms of liver problems include nausea, tiredness, itching, tenderness in the right upper abdomen, and flu-like symptoms.
In addition, the following side effects have been reported:
increased levels of potassium in the blood
low blood cell counts
unusual headache with stiff neck (aseptic meningitis)
If you miss a dose of Celebrex, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the amount of Celebrex used to catch up
Store Celebrex at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.