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Celebrex is most commonly used to treat arthritis, acute pain, and menstrual pain. Celebrex is also available as a generic under the name Celecoxib. Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory COX-S inhibitor that is able to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Celebrex orally once or twice a day as directed by your doctor with a full glass of water. This medication should be taken with food to prevent an upset stomach. Remain upright for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication to prevent a stomach ache.
This medication can be taken as required without a schedule. Take the medication as soon as you feel any pain for the best results. If this medication is to treat arthritis then it could take upwards to a few weeks to feel the maximum effect.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Celebrex. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to asthma, liver disease, stomach problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, blood disorders, and nasal polyps. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Celebrex.
There is a risk of stomach bleeding with regular use of alcohol while taking Celebrex. Avoid or limit alcohol during your treatment with Celebrex. Additionally you can speak with your doctor on acceptable limits of alcohol.
Some side effects are: headache, abdominal pain, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach, bloating, gas, dizziness, nervousness, headache, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, skin rash, and insomnia.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Celebrex?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: It can up to three weeks if being treated for arthritis. However, if general pain is being treated then it can take effect within the hour.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping. This medication can also be taken as needed, so a schedule is not necessary in some cases.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. This drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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