Celebrex is an NSAID that is prescribed for the treatment of pain, fever, swelling, and tenderness caused due to conditions like arthritis, pain, menstrual cramps, and colonic polyps.
It is also effective in curing the pain associated with menstrual cramps.
Please be informed that Celebrex is only used to cure the symptoms of arthritis and not the actual condition. It cannot cure or arrest the progress of arthritis.
However, your doctor may also prescribe Celebrex for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Celebrex
The ideal way to use Celebrex is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
The dosage for Celebrex depends on the age of the patient and the severity of the condition.
For Osteoporosis Management - 100 mg twice daily or 200 mg as a single dose
For treating Rheumatoid Arthritis - 100 or 200 mg twice daily
For acute pain or menstrual cramps - the dose is 400 mg once on the first day, an additional 200mg only if required and then 200 mg twice daily as and when needed.
Preferably, Celebrex should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Celebrex without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Celebrex is an NSAID (Non steroidal anti inflammatory drug) that blocks the enzyme that makes prostaglandins. So, it reduces fever, pain and inflammation. Unlike other NSAIDs it does not cause stomach ulcers or interfere with blood clotting.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Celebrex to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Celebrex between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Celebrex in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Celebrex if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Celebrex if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Celebrex as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Celebrex as Celebrex may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Celebrex is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking celecoxib unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Concomitant use of celecoxib with aspirin or other NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) may increase the occurrence of stomach and intestinal ulcers. Fluconazole (Diflucan) increases the concentration of celecoxib in the body by inhibiting the breakdown of celecoxib in the liver. Therefore, treatment with celecoxib should be initiated at the lowest recommended doses in patients who are taking fluconazole. Celecoxib increases the concentration of lithium (Eskalith) in the blood by 17%. Therefore, lithium therapy should be closely monitored during and after therapy with celecoxib. Persons, taking the anticoagulant (blood thinner) warfarin (Coumadin), should have their blood tested when initiating or changing celecoxib treatment, particularly in the first few days, for any changes in the effects of the anticoagulant.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests including while taking Celebrex. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.
Celebrex is known to make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. So excessive sun exposure without using protection (sunscreen or protective clothing) or exposure to tanning booths and sunlamps must be avoided.
Please maintain caution while using Celebrex in children below years of age/elderly patients as the safety as well as effectiveness of Celebrex in these patients are yet to be ascertained.