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    What is Celecoxib used for?

    Celecoxib is used to treat arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, acute pain, menstrual cramps, and familial adenomatous polyposis. This medication is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that relieves pain and inflammation by blocking the production of prostaglandins in your body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Celecoxib?

    The dosage of Celecoxib prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Celecoxib. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

    The recommended dosage of Celecoxib for arthritis is 200 mg pill once daily and that for familial adenomatous polyposis is 400 mg pill twice daily. It can be taken with food to lessen stomach upset.

    What if you miss a dose of Celecoxib?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Celecoxib medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Celecoxib?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Celecoxib, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are shallow breathing, fainting, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.

    What other drugs could interact with Celecoxib?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Celecoxib.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Celecoxib, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Celecoxib can interact with heart or blood pressure medications and blood thinners.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Celecoxib?

    Like other medicines, Celecoxib can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Celecoxib are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Celecoxib cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Celecoxib develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Celecoxib can cause side effects such as dizziness, headache, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, and insomnia. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are chest pain, shortness of breath, vision problems, slurred speech, rapid weight gain, and dark urine. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Celecoxib.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Celecoxib?

    Is it possible for me to take Celecoxib with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Celecoxib?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Celecoxib?
    How will Celecoxib work in my body?
    How should Celecoxib be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Celecoxib drug interactions and side effects?

    Note

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Celecoxib, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, liver or kidney disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and stomach ulcers. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or breast-feeding during treatment. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication. Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays.

     

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    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2013-02-05
    My doctor prescribed me this medicine for my shoulder and neck pain for 3 months. This is right drug to this conditions? Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, Yes! Celebrex (Celecoxib) will treat your shoulder and neck pain, and we always suggest you to please go ahead with what your physician says.
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