CELEBREX DRUG INFO
IMPORTANT NOTE: The
following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate
that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.
Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
CELECOXIB - ORAL (sell-eh-COX-ib)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Celebrex
USES: Celebrex is a nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which relieves pain and inflammation
(swelling). It is utilized in the treatment of pain, swelling and stiffness due
to arthritis. This drug works by blocking the enzyme in your body
that makes prostaglandins. Decreasing prostaglandins helps to reduce
pain and swelling.
HOW TO USE: Take by mouth, generally
once or twice daily, as directed by your doctor. To decrease the
chance of stomach upset, this drug is best taken with food. Celebrex Dosage
is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Take
this medication with 6 to 8 ounces (180-240ml) of water. Do not
lie down for a minimum of 30 minutes after taking this drug - preferable wait for an hour.
SIDE EFFECTS: Stomach upset, diarrhea,
gas or nausea may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify
your doctor promptly. Very unlikely but report promptly: unusual
fatigue, yellowing eyes or skin, severe headache, unexplained weight
gain, change in amount of urine. If you notice any of the following
unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking this drug and
consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: black stools, persistent
stomach/ abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. In
the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek
immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include
rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing. If you
notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING CELEBREX: Recent information suggests a possible increased risk for heart attack and stroke in patients taking celecoxib. The relevance of this information is still not known. Ask your doctor if celecoxib is right for you.
Do not take celecoxib without first talking to your doctor if you have experienced asthma, hives, or an allergic reaction after taking a sulfa-based medication such as sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, Gantanol, and others) or sulfisoxazole (Gantrisin); aspirin; or another NSAID such as valdecoxib (Bextra), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, and others), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox), ketoprofen (Orudis KT, Orudis, Oruvail), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam), diflunisal (Dolobid), etodolac (Lodine, Lodine XL), fenoprofen (Nalfon), flurbiprofen (Ansaid), indomethacin (Indocin), ketorolac (Toradol), meloxicam (Mobic), nabumetone (Relafen), oxaprozin (Daypro), piroxicam (Feldene), sulindac (Clinoril), or tolmetin (Tolectin). You may experience a similar reaction to celecoxib.
Notify your doctor immediately if you develop abdominal pain, tenderness, or discomfort; nausea; bloody vomit; bloody, black, or tarry stools; unexplained weight gain; swelling or water retention; fatigue or lethargy; a skin rash; itching; yellowing of the skin or eyes;"flu-like" symptoms; or unusual bruising or bleeding. These symptoms could be early signs of dangerous side effects.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor
of all prescription and nonprescription medications you use, especially any
of: fluconazole, lithium, "water pills" (diuretics, e.g.,
furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide), drugs for high blood pressure,
ACE inhibitors (e.g., captopril, lisinopril), corticosteroids (e.g.,
prednisone), "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), NSAID
(e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen). Check all prescription and nonprescription
medicine labels carefully since many contain pain relievers/fever
reducers (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin) that are
similar to this drug. Aspirin, as prescribed by your doctor for
reasons such as heart attack or stroke prevention (usually these
dosages are 81-325 mg per day), should be continued. Consult your
doctor or pharmacist for more details. Do not begin or cease any
medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose of Celebrex is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include severe stomach pain, coffee ground-like
vomit, dark stool, ringing in the ears, change in amount of urine,
unusually fast or slow heartbeat, muscle weakness, slow or shallow
breathing, confusion, severe headache or loss of consciousness.
NOTES: Do not share Celebrex
with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to
monitor your progress.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose,
use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next
dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Do not consume extra or "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature
between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 - 30 degrees C) away from light
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