Celebrex (generic name: Celecoxib) is an approved drug which is prescribed for relief of inflammation. It belongs to the group of drugs called NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs) and is known as COX-2 inhibitor. It works by reducing the hormones that cause inflammation, and pain associated with inflammation which may be caused by several conditions including menstrual pain and arthritis. Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease with symptoms of pain in the joints caused by inflammation. Celebrex is also used for treating hereditary polyps in the colon, which are growths found on the surface of the colon, also known as the large intestine. Some types of polyps can be or become cancerous, but others are benign (not cancerous). It works by blocking the enzymes in the body that are responsible for making prostaglandins. Reducing the prostaglandins helps to reduce pain and inflammation or swelling.
Celebrex Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Celebrex including bloating, skin rash, itching skin, blurred vision, upset stomach, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation and ringing in the ears. More serious side effects may include swelling, nausea, stomach pain, chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, blurred vision, jaundice, blistering of the skin, red rash on the skin, bruising, pins and needles, numbness, infrequent urination, black or dark stools and coughing blood. If you experience any side effects you should seek medical attention immediately for safety.
Celebrex comes in capsule form. You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Celebrex to you, and there will also be directions and dosage information on the pack. It should be swallowed whole with water, and to avoid or reduce stomach upset Celebrex should also be taken with food. It is possible to open the capsule and mix the contents with a spoonful of food, and swallow straight down. The mixture with food can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours.
If you allergic to any of the ingredients of Celebrex, do not take it and inform your doctor. You must inform your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, including history of heart attacks, heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, history of stroke, liver or kidney disease, bleeding or clotting disorders, polyps in the nose, asthma or epilepsy. You must also inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Celebrex, including heart or blood pressure medications, ACE inhibitors, fluconazole, blood thinners such as warfarin, diuretics and lithium. Celebrex can increase the risk of life threatening heart problems, heart attack and stroke. It may also increase the risk of serious stomach and digestion problems including bleeding and perforations (holes). You must not drink alcohol while taking Celebrex as this may increase the risk of stomach bleeding. You must consult your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding, as Celebrex may be harmful to unborn or new born babies.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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