Celecoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is a pain-relief and fever-reducing medicine. Unlike other NSAIDs, celecoxib works by stopping the release of substances that specifically cause pain and inflammation without causing injuries to the stomach lining. This makes it a preferred drug for individuals with stomach ulcers. You should only use this medicine if prescribed by a healthcare provider.
Celecoxib relieves pain, fever, stiffness, and swelling associated with joint diseases and muscle and bone-related problems such as lower back pain and shoulder pain. It is also used to relieve short-term pain, such as menstrual pain. It may be used alone or with other pain-reliever medicines for best effects.
Celecoxib is the preferred drug for managing pain in people with stomach ulcers. This is because it does not block the enzyme that protects the stomach walls, reducing the chance of injuries. However, it still should be used with caution in such situations.
- Celecoxib is available in 200mg and 400mg capsules.
- Your healthcare provider will prescribe a dose depending on your medical condition.
- Always take this medicine as instructed by your healthcare provider.
- You may use the drug with or without food. If you use a higher dose, take the medication with food.
- Don't use this medicine with an antacid. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or after celecoxib to prevent delays in absorption of the medicine by your body.
- Do not drink alcohol while using this medicine.
- If you miss a dose, use it when you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
- Seek medical attention immediately if you accidentally overdose.
That side-effects that you may experience when you use this medicine include:
- Feeling sick.
- Stomach pain.
- Watery stools.
- Hard stools.
In more severe cases, you may experience:
- Stomach ulcers and bleeding.
- Skin rash, if you are allergic to the medicine.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Chest pain or have a heart attack.
Report any other side effects you may experience to your healthcare provider.
- Celecoxib should not be used by anyone younger than 18 years of age.
- You should not use this medicine if you have a high risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Celecoxib may trigger your asthma. Inform your healthcare provider if you have had a similar experience with another NSAID.
- For long-term conditions, you should be monitored regularly for heart, kidney or liver problems.
- You may experience dizziness while using this medicine. Do not drive or operate any machinery when you use it.
- You should not use this medicine up to 72 hours (3 days) before heart surgery.
- Avoid taking this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.