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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Chemical Name CELECOXIB (ce-le-KOX-ib)
Celebrex is a CAPSULE, it CANNOT be split in half.
CELEBREX (celecoxib) is an anti-inflammatory medication that is used to relieve some symptoms caused by arthritis, such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Doctors may prescribe CELEBREX to treat conditions such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and menstrual pain. It is also used in the treatment of hereditary polyps in the colon.
Caution: CELEBREX does not cure arthritis and will help you only as long as you continue to take it.
CELEBREX should always be taken as prescribed. If you experience side effects, or feel like you're not getting the relief you need, be sure to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
Like all medications, there are potential risks that you should be aware of before taking CELEBREX. CELEBREX may cause life-threatening heart or circulation problems such as heart attack or stroke, especially if used long-term. This medication can cause serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation. These conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning while you are taking CELEBREX, especially in older adults.
Do not take CELEBREX:
As with all medications, CELEBREX has side effects which range from moderate to serious.
Less serious side effects from CELEBREX may include:
Clinical studies prove that a lower percentage of patients taking CELEBREX reported stomach discomfort (including indigestion, abdominal pain, and nausea) versus those taking prescription ibuprofen and naproxen.