Celebrex can increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack, especially if you are using it for a long time or taking high doses, or in case you have a heart disease. It is not suggested to use the medicine just before or after having a bypass heart surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
How Effective is Celebrex?
Celebrex or celecoxib is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Celebrex is effective in decreasing hormones that cause inflammation and agony in the body.
Celebrex is effectively utilized to treat pain and inflammation caused by several conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, and menstrual pain. Celebrex is utilized to treat adolescent rheumatoid arthritis in kids who are no less than 2 years of age.
While treating the hereditary polyps in the colon, Celebrex is also used.
Using Celebrex might result in intestinal or stomach bleeding, which can be quite dangerous. You might experience these conditions all of a sudden in case you are using Celebrex. It can be seen more in older adults. You should avoid using it in case you are already having bleeding in your stomach or intestines.
How to Take Celebrex?
Take Celebrex precisely as recommended by your specialist. Follow all the instructions given on your prescription label. Do not take the medicine for longer than recommended, or in larger amounts. Take the smallest dosage that is effective in treating your condition.
- You may take Celebrex with or without meals.
- Taking it with meals might upset your stomach.
- To make swelling easier, you can open the Celebrex capsule and sprinkle it on your spoon full of pudding. Swallow it immediately without chewing. Later dispose of the empty capsule. You can keep the mixture in the refrigerator and can take it within 6 hours if you cannot eat the whole at a time.
- If you are using this medicine for a long time, you need to have frequent medical tests.
What is the Suggested Dosage of Celebrex?
For Pain the dosage for usual adult:
Acute pain: 400 mg at first, trailed by 200 mg if required on the same day. Then, 200 mg twice a day as required.
Usual Adult Dose of Celebrex for Dysmenorrhoea:
400 mg at first, trailed by 200 mg if necessary on the same day. Then, 200 mg twice a day as required.
For Osteoarthritis the Celebrex Dosage for Adult:
200 mg once a day or 100 mg twice a day orally.
For Rheumatoid Arthritis, the Celebrex Dosage for Adult:
100 to 200 mg orally twice a day.
For Familial Adenomatous Polyposis the Dosage for Adult:
It is suggested to use 400 mg twice a day, orally with the meal.
For Ankylosing Spondylitis, the Celebrex Dosage for Adult:
200 mg orally once a day or 100 mg twice a day orally. In case no results are observed after 6 weeks of therapy, a trial dosage 400 mg orally every day might be advantageous. In case no result is seen after 6 weeks, it's suggested to go for other treatment options.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis:
2 years or older:
10 to less than or equal to 25 kg: 50 mg twice a day, orally
More than 25 kg: 100 mg twice a day, orally.
What are the Side Effects of Celebrex?
You need to seek immediate medical help in case you have any sign of an allergic reaction towards Celebrex: Runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, swelling of your throat, face, tongue or lips; hives, wheezing or difficulty in breathing.
You need emergency medical help in case you have any signs of a heart attack or stroke: sudden numbness or weakness on side of the body, feeling short of breath, slurred speech, and chest pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder.
Quit utilizing Celebrex and call your specialist without a moment's delay if you have experience any of the following side effects:
- Any sign of any skin rash, regardless of how mellow;
- Difficulty in breathing;
- Swelling or quick gain in weight;
- Signs of stomach bleeding - coughing up blood, tarry or bloody stools, or vomit that looks like espresso beans;
- Liver issues - itching, nausea, and feeling tired, loss of appetite, flu-like symptoms, dark urine, jaundice, and clay-colored stools, upper stomach pain.
- Kidney issues - difficult or painful urination, short of breath, little or no urination, swelling in your ankles or feet, tired feeling.
- Low red platelets (iron deficiency) - feeling light-headed, short of breath, pale skin, trouble concentrating, rapid heart rate.
- Severe skin reaction - swelling in your tongue or face, skin pain followed by a purple or red rash that spreads and causes peeling and blistering, fever, burning in your eyes, sore throat,.
Common Celebrex Side Effects May Include:
- Stomach torment, heartburn, gas, diarrhea;
- Swelling in your feet or hands;
- Rash; or
- Cold symptoms, for example, stuffy nose, wheezing, sore throat.