Frequently Asked Questions
This quick reference guide can help you find answers to some of the more common questions that people with arthritis have. However, if you don’t find the answers you’re looking for here, talk to your doctor. He or she will be the best source for answering your questions.
Q1. What is arthritis?
Q2. What's the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the second most common form of arthritis. Unlike osteoarthritis, RA is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is when the body's defense system malfunctions and begins to mistakenly attack itself. In RA, white blood cells (which normally fight infection) attack the lining of a joint causing inflammation (swelling). This inflammation leads to a release of proteins that thicken the joint lining. The proteins can also damage the cartilage, bone tendons, and ligaments near the joint, eventually destroying the joint itself.
‡ Patient-reported, doctor-diagnosed cases
Q3. How is arthritis diagnosed?
Q4. How many people in the United States have arthritis?
Q5. What is an arthritis flare?
Q6. What should I do if I think I have arthritis?
Q1. What is CELEBREX?
Q2. Is CELEBREX a narcotic?
Q3. How long has CELEBREX been on the market?
Q4. How do I know if CELEBREX is right for me?
Q5. Has CELEBREX ever been taken off the market?
Q6. Does CELEBREX contain aspirin?
Q7. How do I get CELEBREX?
Q8. Can CELEBREX be taken with low-dose aspirin?
Q9. Does CELEBREX increase the risk of high blood pressure?
Q10. Who should not take CELEBREX?
Q1. What is an NSAID?
Q2. Do all prescription NSAIDs have the same cardiovascular warning?
Q3. Do all prescription NSAIDs have the same warnings for serious stomach and intestine side effects?
Q4. Are there any differences in other stomach side effects between CELEBREX and other prescription NSAIDs?
Q5. How are prescription NSAIDs different from acetaminophen?
Q1. Is exercise recommended for people who have arthritis?
Q2. How important is losing weight in treating arthritis pain?
Q3. Who is eligible for Pfizer's Helpful Answers Program?
Q4. I want to start an exercise program to help manage my pain. What should I do?
Q1. How are you supposed to take CELEBREX?
Q2. Do I take CELEBREX with or without food?
Q3. How long do I have to stay on CELEBREX?
Q4. What do I do if I think I may have taken too much CELEBREX?
Q5. Can I take two CELEBREX at once (or per day) if one is not working?
Q6. Are there any foods to avoid while taking CELEBREX?
Q7. Do I need to avoid alcohol or smoking while taking CELEBREX?
Q8. Do I have to swallow the capsules whole?
Q9. What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
Q10. What do I do if I'm taking other medications?
It's a good idea to make a list of everything you are taking, and share it with your doctor. In particular, be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking:
- ACE inhibitors and Angiotensin II Antagonists
- Warfarin or similar agents
- Other NSAIDs
Q11. Can I take over-the-counter pain relievers while taking CELEBREX?
Q12. How should I store my CELEBREX?
CELEBREX is indicated for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, and for the management of acute pain in adults.
Important Safety Information
All prescription NSAIDs, like CELEBREX, ibuprofen, naproxen, and meloxicam have the same cardiovascular warning. They may all increase the chance of heart attack or stroke that can lead to death. This chance increases if you have heart disease or risk factors for it, such as high blood pressure or when NSAIDs are taken for long periods.
CELEBREX should not be used right before or after certain heart surgeries.
Serious skin reactions, or stomach and intestine problems such as bleeding and ulcers, can occur without warning and may cause death. Patients taking aspirin and the elderly are at increased risk for stomach bleeding and ulcers.
Tell your doctor if you have:
* A history of ulcers or bleeding in the stomach or intestines
* High blood pressure or heart failure
* Kidney or liver problems
CELEBREX should not be taken in late pregnancy.
Do not take CELEBREX if you have bleeding in the stomach or intestine, or you’ve had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reactions to aspirin, any other NSAID medicine or certain drugs called sulfonamides.
Life threatening allergic reactions can occur with CELEBREX. Get help right away if you’ve had swelling of the face or throat or trouble breathing.
Prescription CELEBREX should be used exactly as prescribed at the lowest dose possible and for the shortest time needed.