Celebrex

What is Celebrex?

See also: Orencia

Celebrex (celecoxib) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Celecoxib works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

Celebrex is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and menstrual pain. Celebrex is used to treat juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children who are at least 2 years old.

Celebrex is also used in the treatment of hereditary polyps in the colon.

Important information

Celebrex can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).

Celebrex may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using Celebrex, especially in older adults. You should not take this medicine if you already have bleeding in your stomach or intestines.

Before taking this medicine

Celebrex can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Even people without heart disease or risk factors could have a stroke or heart attack while taking this medicine.

Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).

Celebrex may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using Celebrex, especially in older adults.

You should not use Celebrex if you are allergic to celecoxib, or if you have:

bleeding in your stomach or intestines;

an allergy to sulfa drugs; or

a history of asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID.

To make sure Celebrex is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or if you smoke;

a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot;

a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding;

asthma;

liver or kidney disease; or

fluid retention.

Taking Celebrex during the last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Celebrex.

Celecoxib can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Celebrex is not approved for use by anyone younger than 2 years old.

How should I take Celebrex?

Take Celebrex exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Use the lowest dose that is effective in treating your condition.

You may take Celebrex with or without food.

Take with food if Celebrex upsets your stomach.

To make swallowing easier, you may open the Celebrex capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow right away without chewing. Discard the empty capsule. If you do not take the mixture right away, keep it in the refrigerator and take it within 6 hours.

If you use this medicine long-term, you may need frequent medical tests.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.