Celebrex is an anti-imflammatory medicne that can be used to treat a number of conditions. Typically celebrex is most commonly prescribed to provide effective treatment for conditions such as Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and sever Menstrual pain (Period Pain). Celebrex works by reducing the hormones in our body responsible for causing pain and inflammation.

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What is Celebrex?

Celebrex is a type of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID), specifically a COX-2 Inhibitor which is used to relieve pain and inflammation for a number of conditions. Celebrex works by stopping the production of a natural substance to the body COX-2, which is responsible for pain and inflammation. Celebrex is commonly prescribed for Arthritis, period pains, acute pain, osteoarthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis. Celecoxib, more commonly known as Celebrex; is prescribed to individuals that struggle to perform their daily activities due to the pain and inflammation caused by their condition. Celebrex helps by supressing the pain and inflammation caused and can help individuals add some form of normality back into their life by allowing them to perform their daily activities.

Celebrex is an anti-inflammatory medication and gets to work by reducing the hormones in the body that are responsible for causing pain and inflammation. Like the majority of anti-inflammatory medicines, Celebrex can help to reduce pain and swelling primarily by blocking the main enzyme that is responsible for inflammation, prostaglandins.

What is Celebrex Used for?

Celebrex belongs to the NSAID's family of medications which means that it is not only used to treat one single condition, it can be used to treat a number of painful medical conditions. Celebrex has been licensed to treat the following common conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Acute Pain
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

How to use Celebrex

Celebrex should be taken orally, usually once or twice daily as directed by your doctor. Celebrex should be taken with food as the majority of NSAID's can cause stomach unrest by wearing away the stomach lining. The dosage you are prescribed by your doctor will depend on the condition that you are currently suffering from and the pain that you are experiencing. 

Celebrex should be swallowed with a full glass of water to ensure the tablet reaches your stomach where it will start to dissolve and enter your system. It is important to allow the tablet time to fully digest before lying down, do not lie down for approximately 10 minutes after consumption. 

For certain conditions such as Arthritis, it may take your body around 2 weeks to experience the full benefits of Celebrex.

For individuals that are taking this medication as and when they need it, NSAID's are most effective when taken at the first sight of pain. 

Celebrex Risk Factors

Celebrex and other NSAID's can increase the risk of a heart attack of stroke, especially if taken over a prolonged period of time. If you have a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, the risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke will increase if you are taking Celebrex.

Celebrex can cause ulcers and damage to your stomach due to certain ingredients within the medication wearing away your stomach lining. The risk of this is increased particularly if you are taking Celebrex on an empty stomach. To reduce the risk of this you must only take this medication on a full stomach or with food. 

You should always tell your doctor if you have previously had any adverse effects to certain medications, particularly other NSAID's, aspirin or drugs called Sulphonamides (which are used to treat bacterial infections).

Celebrex can help with a wide variety of conditions; however it is not always suitable for everyone, your doctor will want to know if any of the below apply to you:

  • Consume Alcohol on a frequent basis
  • Smoking
  • Suffer from asthma
  • Anaemia
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver disease
  • Nasal Polyps

Celebrex should also be used with caution in individuals with he following:

Celebrex During Pregnany Warning

You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby. Celebrex is not recommended for use during pregnancy, particularly at the start and end of the pregnancy. For women who are at risk of getting pregnant, it is recommended to use an effective method of contraception whilst taking Celebrex to prevent pregnancy. If you think that you could be pregnant whilst taking Celebrex, you should stop taking immediately and consult your doctor for an alternative treatment. 

If you are trying to conceive, Celebrex may reduce female fertility for the duration of your treatment. There may also be a risk of miscarriage or birth defects.

Celebrex During Breastfeeding

Celebrex is not recommended for use in women who are breastfeeding as the drug can pass into the breast milk which is then consumed by the baby/infant. There is no evidence to suggest that Celebrex is harmful to a baby, however we recommend always consulting your doctor or GP before taking this medication especially if you are breastfeeding.

Celebrex Side Effects

Incorrect usage of the tablet can lead to hazardous consequences such as:

  • Cough
  • fever
  • skin rash
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • nausea;
  • vomiting;
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Mild itching/skin rash

Celebrex Drug Interactions

If you are taking any other medications, it is possible that these may affect the way Celebrex works or increase your risk of experiencing serious side effects.

Please inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications. The most common medications that can interact with the effectiveness of Celebrex are:

This list does not contain a full list of drug interactions, for a full list please view the patient information leaflet located within the medication box

  • ACE Inhibitors (most commonly Losartan)
  • Cidofovir
  • Valsartan
  • Lithium
  • Diuretics medicine commonly known as water pills such as furosemide
  • Blood thinning medications such as Warfarin and others
  • Other NSAID's such as Naproxen and Ibuprofen
  • Over the counter fever medication such as Aspirin

Please tell your pharmacist or Doctor if you are taking any other forms of medications, either prescription or over the counter medicines. This also includes any vitamins or supplements.

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