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G.D. Searle & Company
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Celebrex is used to:
- relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis (the arthritis caused by age-related “wear and tear” on bones and joints)
- relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in adults
- manage acute pain in adults (like the short term pain you can get after a dental or surgical operation)
- treat painful menstrual cycles
- reduce the number of colon and rectum growths (colorectal polyps) in patients with a disease called Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). FAP is an inherited disease in which the rectum and colon are covered with many polyps. Celebrex is used along with the usual care for FAP patients such as surgery and exams of the rectum and colon.
Side Effects of Celebrex
Celebrex and other NSAID medicines can cause serious problems such as:
- Stomach ulcers that bleed. The chance of this serious problem increases the longer you take Celebrex, but it can also happen suddenly. Stop taking Celebrex and call your healthcare professional right away if you get a burning stomach pain, black bowel movements that look like tar, or vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds.
- Liver damage. Some of the warning signs of liver damage are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, loss of appetite, itching, yellow coloring of skin or eyes, “flu-like” symptoms and dark urine. If this happens, stop taking Celebrex and call your healthcare professional right away.
- Kidney problems that include sudden kidney failure or worsening of kidney problems that you already have.
- Fluid retention (holding of water in your body) and swelling. Fluid retention can be a serious problem if you have high blood pressure or heart failure.
In addition to the serious side effects listed above, some common, but less serious side effects with Celebrex may include:
- upper respiratory tract infection (a "cold")
- sinus inflammation
- stomach pain
Who Should Not Take Celebrex
Do not take Celebrex if you:
- have had an allergic-type reaction to sulfa medicines.
- have had asthma, hives or allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) medicines. If you have asthma, you may have aspirin-sensitive asthma. If an aspirin-sensitive asthmatic takes aspirin it can cause severe narrowing of the airway (bronchospasm), and even death. Since this type of reaction also has occurred after taking NSAIDs Celebrex should not be given to aspirin-sensitive patients.
Some examples of NSAIDs are ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam), and ketoprofen (Orudis). You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list of these medications.
- are pregnant, especially during your last 3 months
Interactions with Celebrex
Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect how Celebrex works or Celebrex may affect how your other medicines work. Your healthcare professional may have to adjust your dose or watch you closely if you take any of the following medications:
- certain blood pressure medicines called ACE inhibitors
- fluconazole or ketoconazole
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