Celebrex is prescribed to treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as:
- Menstrual pain;
- Ankylosing spondylitis;
Celebrex is prescribed in the treatment of hereditary polyps in the colon.
Celebrex is prescribed for acute pain, menstrual cramps, and the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is a member of a new class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) called COX-2 inhibitors. Like older NSAIDs such as Motrin and Naprosyn, Celebrex is believed to fight pain and inflammation by inhibiting the effect of a natural enzyme called COX-2. Unlike the older medications, however, it does not interfere with a similar substance, called COX-1, which exerts a protective effect on the lining of the stomach. Therefore, Celebrex may be less likely to cause the bleeding and ulcers that sometimes accompany sustained use of the older NSAIDs.
Celebrex has also been found to reduce the number of colorectal polyps (growths in the wall of the lower intestine and rectum) in people who suffer from the condition called familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), an inherited tendency to develop large numbers of colorectal polyps that eventually become cancerous.
Celebrex side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Sinus Inflammation;
- Respiratory Infection;
- Abdominal Pain;
- Allergic reaction;
- Black bloody or tarry stools;
- Bloating gas;
- Blurred vision;
- Chest pain;
- Clay-colored stools;
- Coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- Dark urine;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Dizziness nervousness headache;
- Headache with a severe blistering;
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- Keep taking Celebrex and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:;
- Loss of appetite;
- Low fever;
- Mild heartburn;
- Muscle weakness;
- Problems with vision or balance;
- Red skin rash;
- Ringing in your ears;
- Severe tingling;
- Shortness of breath;
- Skin rash itching;
- Slurred speech;
- Sore throat;
- Stomach pain;
- Swelling of your face lips tongue or throat;
- Swelling or rapid weight gain;
- Upset stomach;
- Urinating less than usual or not at all;
The following dosages are typically cut in half for people with moderate liver problems.
The recommended daily dose is 200 mg, taken as a single dose or in 100-mg doses twice a day.
The recommended dose is 100 to 200 mg twice a day.
Acute Pain and Menstrual Cramps
The recommended starting dose is 400 mg, followed by an additional 200 mg if needed on the first day. On subsequent days, the recommended dosage is 200 mg twice a day.
Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
The recommended dose is 400 mg twice a day with food.