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What is Celebrex?


Celebrex® (celecoxib) is medication that treats the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Celebrex® belongs to a class of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) known as COX-2 inhibitors.

Celebrex® side effects

Celebrex® is effective in treating pain and inflammation but is less likely to cause serious stomach side effects (stomach ulcers and bleeding, for example) than other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Motrin®) and naproxen (Naprosyn®).The most common side effects of Celebrex® are nausea, diarrhea, heartburn and still include upset stomach and stomach pain. In rare cases, Celebrex® may cause stomach ulcers or stomach bleeding. Using the lowest effective dose for only as long as you have pain may lower your risk of these side effects. Like all prescription NSAIDs, Celebrex® may increase the chance of developing serious and possibly deadly cardiovascular side effects including heart attack and stroke. You should not take Celebrex® if you have an allergy to aspirin or other NSAIDs. Nor should you take it if you have allergies to sulfa medications, such as Bactrim® (co-trimoxazole). People with kidney disease or a history of ulcers may be more likely to experience side effects from Celebrex®.

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