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Celebrex (Celecoxib), also known by it's generic name Celecoxib, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that relieves swelling, inflammation and pain. The most common use is to treat arthritis, acute pain, and menstrual pain. Celecoxib can also be used to treat general pain, fever, and swelling cause by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
This medication is taken orally twice a day with a glass of water along with food to prevent an upset stomach. Make sure to remain upright and not lie down within 10 minutes of taking Celebrex (Celecoxib) to avoid stomach irritation.
There are a many dose sizes available for Celebrex (Celecoxib), and it is best to follow the directions of your doctor and take the exact dose prescribed to you. Prior medical conditions will factor into the size of the dose prescribed to you by your doctor. Celebrex (Celecoxib) can take up to two weeks to reach the maximum effectiveness, and can be taken on a case by basis at first signs of pain with instruction from your doctor.
Speak with your doctor about any known allergies as Celebrex (Celecoxib) is considered an NSAID like Aspirin or Ibuprofen, and could induce an allergic reaction. Pre existing conditions like asthma, kidney, or heart diseases could also complicated your treatment with Celebrex (Celecoxib). Go over your medical history, known allergies, and any current medications you are taking before deciding if Celebrex (Celecoxib) is right for you.
Celebrex (Celecoxib) can cause bleeding in the stomach from daily use of tobacco and alcohol. It is recommended to limit both while being treated with Celebrex.
Some common side effects for Celebrex (Celecoxib) are:
increased sensitivity to light
More serious side effects can include:
Aggravation of hypertension
Ringing in the ears
Stomach and intestinal ulcers
GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease)
While serious side effects can be rare, do contact your doctor if any side effects become too severe. Your doctor and pharmacist will be able to help you manage the side effects or find other treatment options.
Q: I just learned I am pregnant, can I still take Celebrex (Celecoxib)?
A: Unfortunately Celebrex is not recommended for woman who are pregnant or are currently breastfeeding. Celebrex (Celecoxib) is able to pass into the breast milk into the child being nursed. Speak with your doctor on other treatment options during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Q: How do I store this medication?
A: It is stored at room temperature. Make sure to keep away from children and pets. Never dispose of this medication by flushing it down the toilet. Seek out your local pharmacist for disposal instructions.
Q: My doctor said I can take this on a cases by cases basis, does that mean I can give my medication to another person who has a similar diagnosis as me?
A: No, never share your prescribed medication with anyone. Your condition has been diagnosed by your doctor and the doses are based on your physiology. Sharing medication could cause harm to others.
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