What is 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
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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