Celebrex is a prescription NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that helps relieve pain and stiffness due to inflammation. It is commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and menstrual pain, and may also be used to treat hereditary polyps in the colon.
Celebrex will not cure arthritis, and only relieves symptoms as long as you continue to take the drug.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions when taking Celebrex. Never change dosage before consulting a healthcare professional.
Drinking alcohol while taking Celebrex can increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach or intestines. Avoid alcohol while on Celebrex.
Do not take with other NDSAID medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen).
Check with your doctor before taking any cold, allergy, or pain relief medication.
Celebrex can make sun exposure more dangerous. Avoid tanning beds and use proper sun protection outdoors.
Do not take Celebrex before or after bypass surgery.
Avoid Celebrex if you’ve had a previous allergic reaction to sulfa drugs or other NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen).
Don’t take Celebrex if you are pregnant or plan to become preganant.
Using Celebrex over long periods of time may cause circulation problems including heart attack or stroke. Like other NSAIDs, Celebrex can cause bleeding and perforation of the stomach and intestines. These conditions may occur without warning, especially in older adults.
Before taking Celebrex, tell your doctor if you have:
Common side effects of Celebrex include:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of these more serious side effects:
Does Celebrex contain Aspirin?
No. Celebrex does not contain aspirin, but both are NSAID drugs. Do not take Celebrex with aspirin unless directed by your doctor. Avoid Celebrex if you’ve had an allergic reaction to aspirin.
Should I take Celebrex with food?
You can take Celebrex with or without food, but it’s best to establish a daily routine and take Celebrex at a similar time each day.
Can I take Celebrex if I have high blood pressure?
Like other NSAIDs, Celebrex can cause blood pressure to rise. Before taking Celebrex, speak to your doctor about your high blood pressure.