Celebrex (Celecoxib)

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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.

Description

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.

Directions

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.

  • Take CELEBREX orally with or without food at any time of the day. It is recommended to begin a daily routine for taking CELEBREX.
  • Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
  • If you have trouble swallowing pills, try adding the entire contents of a CELEBREX capsule onto one teaspoon of cool or room temperature applesauce and take immediately with water.
  • Take CELEBREX with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL) or as directed by your doctor.
  • Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking CELEBREX.
There are several things to avoid while taking CELEBREX:
  • Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase the risk of stomach bleeding
  • Avoid taking Celebrex together with other NSAIDs medications
  • Consult your doctor before using any cold, allergy, or pain medicine
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Celebrex can make you sunburn more easily
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use CELEBREX.

Cautions

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:

  • before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG)
  • if you are allergic to celecoxib, or if you have a history of allergic reaction to aspirin, sulfa drugs, or other NSAIDs
  • if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
To make sure you can safely take CELEBREX, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
  • a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot
  • heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure
  • a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding
  • liver or kidney disease
  • a seizure disorder
  • asthma
  • polyps in your nose
  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder
There are several things to avoid while taking CELEBREX:
  • Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase the risk of stomach bleeding
  • Avoid taking Celebrex together with other NSAIDs medications
  • Consult your doctor before using any cold, allergy, or pain medicine
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Celebrex can make you sunburn more easily

Side Effects

As with all medications, CELEBREX has side effects which range from moderate to serious.

Less serious side effects from CELEBREX may include:

  • upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, gas
  • dizziness, nervousness, headache
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • mild skin rash
  • back pain
  • inability to sleep
Serious side effects from CELEBREX may include:
  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat
  • hives
  • chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath
  • slurred speech, problems with vision or balance
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • swelling or rapid weight gain
  • urinating more or less than usual
  • nausea, upper stomach pain
  • itching
  • loss of appetite
  • dark urine
  • clay-colored stools
  • jaundice
  • skin rash
  • bruising
  • severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness
Stop using CELEBREX and call your doctor immediately if you have any of the above side effects.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.