What is Celebrex (Celecoxib) used for?
Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which is used to relieve pain and inflammation. This drug is used in the treatment of menstrual pain, arthritis and other types of acute pain. It works by helping to block a certain enzyme in the body responsible for making prostaglandins, which in turn helps to reduce pain and swelling.
How should I use Celebrex (Celecoxib)?
Celebrex (Celecoxib) capsules are taken orally, with food. Adult patients are sometimes directed to take this drug once or twice per day. However the exact dosage required depends on the specific condition being treated, and patients should always consult their physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. Patients should note that it may take up to 2 weeks for the benefits of this drug to be noticed. If you are using this drug on an "as required" basis as opposed to a regular schedule, you should be aware that this drug will be most effective if used at the first sign of pain.
What are the side effects of Celebrex (Celecoxib)?
Some side effects which may occur as a result of taking Celebrex (Celecoxib) include:
Patients should immediately consult their physician if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if any other more serious side effects occur, such as severe headaches, weight gain, swollen limbs or changes in the amount or color of urine, yellowing of the eyes or skin, severe abdominal pain or extreme fatigue.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Celebrex (Celecoxib). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Patients should inform their physician if they are currently suffering from, or have ever suffered from a heart complaint of any kind, as this medication may not be suitable for them.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.