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What is Celebrex used for?
Celebrex is prescribed to treat short-term pain, and menstrual cramps, and various forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Celebrex can reduce the risk of stomach irritation while delivering relief from painful, swollen, inflamed joints by blocking the production of inflammation-causing chemicals in your body called prostaglandins. These chemicals are called into action by your immune system when there is an injury or threat to cause harm.
Osteoarthritis can develop as a part of the aging process, repeated injuries from work or sports, being overweight, or genetics. It is a joint disease that causes the break-down of cartilage and overgrown bone.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic and disabling disease that is caused by your own immune system attacking bone and tissue in your body. Arthritis pain can stop you from enjoying your daily routine and cause such pain that you become unable to perform simple tasks.
How does Celebrex work?
Celebrex is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, often referred to as an NSAID. NSAIDs block swelling, pain, and fever. Celebrex works by stopping the production of COX-2, which is a natural substance in the body that causes pain and inflammation. This medication comes as an oral capsule and its active ingredient is called Celecoxib. It is also available in a generic version, called Celecoxib. The brand and generic forms are both available for purchase online at My Drug Center in the strengths of 100mg and 200mg.
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.
Celebrex (Celecoxib) may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Always tell your doctor if you have allergies to any medications. You may not be able to take Celebrex if you have had allergic reactions such as hives or asthma after taking NSAIDs. You should not take Celebrex in the days before or after some types of heart surgery, including coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Celecoxib can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, even if you don't have any risk factors.
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.
Celebrex may cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using this medicine, especially in older adults. You should not take this medicine if you already have bleeding in your stomach or intestines.
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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