Celebrex – for osteoarthritis
Celebrex is a prescription medication used to help relieve the pain and swelling of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Celebrex is also used to treat pain in adults (strains and sprains) or pain after surgery, primary dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps) and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis. Ankylosing spondylitis is arthritis that affects the spine and is common in young people.
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How does Celebrex work?
Celebrex relieves arthritis pain by targeting the COX-2 enzyme. The COX-2 enzyme is a protein that is involved in the mechanisms that cause pain and inflammation.
Side Effects of Celebrex
Side effect can occur when you take any medication. In most patients, Celebrex is well tolerated and no side effects occur after taking Celebrex. In some cases, you may experience:
- Abdominal pain
Are there other side effects?
In extreme cases, taking Celebrex can:
- Increase your chance of serious heart problems (for example heart attack or stroke).
- Cause serious skin reactions or stomach problems (for example stomach bleeding).
Please talk to your doctor before taking Celebrex.
How do I take Celebrex?
Celebrex provides all day/all night relief for arthritis pain. You can take your pill with or without food at any time during the day. Doctors recommend that you take your pill at the same time each day. Taking your pill at the same time each day will help you remember and reduce the chance you will miss a dose.