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    Brand Name:Celebrex
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1998-12-31 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
G.D. Searle & Company
This drug is available in the following forms:
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Celebrex

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:

  • headache
  • indigestion
  • upper respiratory tract infection (a "cold")
  • diarrhea
  • sinus inflammation
  • stomach pain
  • nausea

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
  • furosemide
  • fluconazole or ketoconazole
  • phenytoin
  • warfarin
  • aspirin
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Recent Forum Posts on Celebrex


I'm wondering about the cost of celebrex. I'm taking Viox presently but it costs so much. I'm wondering if Celebrex is cheaper?
Actually it isn't helping that much. Is there something else I should try?
My hands hurts the worst-- alto. my whole body hurts too.
If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. Most days I'd like to just stay in bed. Sleep is the only thing that takes my pain away!


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Celebrex is very effective for my back pain, however, my Doctor says "no" to taking it. I want to anyway because nothing else seems to correct my lower back! I do take medication for high blood pressure, but he doesn't seem to say that that is the reason. He does say that it will be off the market soon! What do you say?

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I have been taking Celebrex for 7 years to treat osteoathritis that I developed as a child. Celebrex has been the only NSAID that has been helpful for me. Unfortunately, over the last few months it has caused severe swelling and an increase in my blood pressure. I tried Naproxen, but still minor swelling and not near the pain relief. Not sure what to do next.

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When does Celebrex ususally start to work for pain? I just started taking it yesterday ( 3 doses so far) and still no relief. Is this a drug that takes a while to work or should I see results immediatley? Thanks for any response!

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I took Celebrex 200 mg briefly for my Rheumatoid Arthritis. It worked extremely well but I developed a serious arrhythmia and had to
discontinue. Is there a NSAID out there without cardiac-related side-


I have Fybromialgia and am Osteopenic. I took Celebrex for one year for Osteoarthritus andit helped a great deal. Did not do anything for the Fybromialgia and that is a different situation.
I have replaced it with Relafen, which is the brand name, generic name is Nabuemetone, better, less expensive and no side effects.
Also, it is an old medicine, been around a long time. Maybe becasue it does not generate "perks" in the medical field, it is over looked by the Medical Professionals when prescribing.

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I suffer from sever back issues and osteoarthritis. Back pain for more than 20 yrs and osteroarthritis for nearly as long. Over the years I have tried nearly all the other medications to find one that works for me. I have been on Celebrex 200mg now for at least 3 yrs. Finally something works for me. I no longer have to take a muscle relaxer, pain killer and antisteroid together. These never fully helped anyway. And being on pain killers doesn't help concentration. Celebrex is the answer for me. Some insurance companies don't seem to want to pay for Celebrex, but it is worth the effort to keep at them with the help of your doctor, until they relent.

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I have had terrible swelling from celebrex and vioxx!


I started taking Celebrex for arthritis in my neck. The pain is worse in the morning and my neck is like a vice. I also suffer from very bad and continuos migraines. I have been taking Celebrex for just a little while and it seems to have broken the headache cycle for now. I will write back and let people know how it goes. Also, I can't take aspirin at all and Celebrex does not seem to bother my asthma.

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I took Celebrex after my insurance wouldn't cover Bextra. I've also tried Vioxx. After a while I have developed a bit of a resistance to the medicine. I am taking 200mg 2x's a day (for menstral cramps). It seems to work well, mostly in the beginning. I haven't had side effects with any of the above mentioned drugs.

sulfa allergy/Celebrex

Both Celebrex and Vioxx have a sulfa base. If you have had a reaction to a sulfa drug in the past you will probably have a similar reaction to Celebrex and Vioxx.

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celebrex has help my son alot for joints pains, that no other drug seem to help. thank god for celebrex.

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I took Celebrex for a couple of months about two years ago for bursitis in my hips. It started helping after about two weeks and finally got much better. I have also taken it more recently for a heel spur. Again, it took a few days, but finally got much better. There are two downsides however to Celebrex. One, I have a tendency to swell and it really makes my feet swell. The other is that after taking it for a few weeks, it starts to hurt my stomach. I've learned to always take it with lots, lots, lots of food. Never on an empty stomach and at the first sign of a stomach pain, I stop taking it for a few days. It's pretty effective, you just have to be very, very careful about getting stomach problems. Much better than Viox which made me swell terribly. Just could not deal with the amount of swelling it caused. Haven't tried bextra.

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I have fibromyalgia. I have taken 200mg Celebrex bid for a week and have experienced a decreased aching in my lower back and knees.

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dosn't seem to work as good as indocin
75mg xr

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