What is Celecoxib?
Celecoxib (Brand Name: Celebrex) is a prescription medication that helps relieve the pain and swelling of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Celecoxib 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 arthiritis that affects the spine and is common in young people.
How does Celecoxib work?
Celecoxib relieve 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 Celecoxib
Side effect can occur when you take any medication. In most patients, no side effects result from taking Celecoxib. The most common minor side effects are:
- Abdominal pain
Are there other side effects?
In extreme cases, taking Celecoxib 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 Celecoxib.
How do I take Celecoxib?
Celecoxib 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.