Celebrex

Celebrex as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) is also known as Celecoxib. It reduces hormones that cause pain and swelling in the body. It works for the treatment of inflammation and pain that surfaced from conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, and menstrual pain. It works in children from 2 years old for the treatment of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Celebrex is consumed to cure hereditary polyps in the colon.

Composition

Celecoxib is a potent drug that contains the following ingredients:

  • Povidone;
  • Edible inks;
  • Magnesium stearate;
  • Lactose monohydrate;
  • Gelatin;
  • Croscarmellose sodium;
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate.

Indication

Use Celecoxib in the way that it is prescribed by the doctor or pharmacist. Celebrex as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) helps to relieve tenderness and inflammation. It works for the treatments of discomfort, menstrual pain, acute pain, and arthritis. Notify the doctor if you are on other medications for the cure of pain or other chronic disease such as arthritis. Celecoxib blocks enzyme, the maker of prostaglandins in the body.  As it helps to reduce prostaglandins, pain and swelling are minimized.

Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment

You are advised to follow strictly every instruction given by your doctor or on the prescription label on how to use Celebrex. It doesn’t matter the kind of dose you use. If the lowest dose will work effectively for your condition, then use it appropriately for treatment. Celebrex can be consumed with or without a meal. You can either swallow Celebrex capsule or open and sprinkle into applesauce (a spoonful). You may preserve this applesauce up to 6hours in a refrigerator when you decide to use it later.  Use water in taking the mixture.  Celebrex should be taken orally twice per day. Ensure you adhere to the prescribed doses as specified by your doctor or by your prescription label.

Precautions

The following precautionary measures must be observed before and when using Celebrex:

  • Patients who have allergic reactions to Celebrex or sulfa drugs should keep away from Celecoxib.
  • Notify the doctor if you have the record of any of the following illnesses:
    • A stomach ulcer;
    • Bleeding in your stomach or intestines;
    • Heart disease;
    • Asthma;
    • Bleeding problems;
    • Liver or kidney disease.
  • Ensure you tell the doctor if you are a smoker or a drinker of alcohol.
  • Pregnant women or those that may get pregnant should make inquiries from their doctors before using Celebrex as its use may be harmful to an unborn baby if Celebrex is taken 3 months to delivery.
  • Women should be cautious with their drug because it may affect their ability to have babies
  • Lactating mothers should keep away from Celebrex

Side Effects

Ensure you seek immediate medical attention when you begin to experience any of the following side effects of Celebrex:

  • Stomach pain;
  • Heartburn;
  • Gas;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Constipation;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Swelling in your hands or face;
  • Dizziness;
  • Common cold.

Missed Dose

In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking two doses at one time should be avoided.

Overdose

Peradventure you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help.

Contraindication

  • Celebrex is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to Celecoxib or any of its ingredients.
  • It is as well contraindicated in patients who have allergic reactions to sulfonamides.

Interaction with other drugs

Ensure you notify your doctor before taking a new medication with Celebrex. This is because it may result in serious side effects such as a bruise or bleeding easily. Avoid medications such as:

  • Antidepressants;
  • Vitamins;
  • Over-the-counter medicines;
  • Herbal products.