Frequently Asked Questions
Your doctor is the best source for answering your specific questions about arthritis and treatment with CELEBREX. However, this quick reference guide can help you find answers to some common questions.
If you have additional questions about your arthritis treatment, talk to your doctor.
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- CELEBREX SAVINGS
- ABOUT ARTHRITIS
- ABOUT CELEBREX
- TAKING CELEBREX
- OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS
- MANAGING ARTHRITIS
Q: What is the CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card?
The CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card allows eligible patients to get a 30-day supply of brand-name CELEBREX for as little as $4. If you have a prescription for brand-name CELEBREX, you can use the Card for every refill through December 31, 2016.
Q: How do I get a CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card?
Q: If I already have a CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card, how can I activate it?
Q: How do I use the CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card?
There are 2 ways to use the Card immediately. Once you sign up for a Card and download it, you can either:
- Bring a printed copy of it to the pharmacy
- Show it to your pharmacist on your phone
About 2 weeks after you sign up for a Card, you will also receive a Co-pay Card in the mail. You can keep this Card with you and continue to save on each refill for CELEBREX through December 31, 2016.
Q: How can I ensure that I won’t get switched to a generic substitute?
The Co-pay Card cannot be used for generic substitutes. So be sure to fill your prescription with brand-name CELEBREX to save.
When dropping off your prescription:
- Tell your pharmacist that your doctor has prescribed brand-name CELEBREX, and that you would like to save with your Co-pay Card
- Ask your pharmacist to note your preference for brand-name CELEBREX for future refills
When picking up your prescription:
- Check your pharmacy bag and bottle label before paying at the pharmacy counter to make sure you received brand-name CELEBREX, and then check the receipt for your savings
- If you think you’ve received a generic substitute, ask your doctor and pharmacist about your options
To ensure that you get brand-name CELEBREX, download the Take Action Today tool for tips on talking to your doctor and pharmacist.
Q: Who is eligible to use the CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card?
Q: Where can I use the CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card?
Q: Can I use the CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card on a previously filled prescription?
The CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card can only be used for new prescriptions that are filled after you have activated the Card.
Q: Does the CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card work at nonparticipating pharmacies?
Yes, for reimbursement when using a nonparticipating pharmacy: Pay for CELEBREX prescription, and mail copy of original pharmacy receipt (cash register receipt NOT valid) with product name, date, and amount circled to: CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card, 14001 Weston Parkway, Suite 103, Cary, NC 27513. Be sure to include a copy of the front of your $4 Co-pay Card, your name, and mailing address.
Q: Does the CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card work through mail order pharmacies?
Yes, for reimbursement when using the CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card through a mail order pharmacy: Pay for CELEBREX prescription, and mail copy of original pharmacy receipt (cash register receipt NOT valid) with product name, date, and amount circled to: CELEBREX $4 Co-pay Card, 14001 Weston Parkway, Suite 103, Cary, NC 27513. Be sure to include a copy of the front of your $4 Co-pay Card, your name, and mailing address.
Q: What is arthritis?
Arthritis means “joint inflammation” and can affect people of all ages, races, and ethnic groups. The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The exact causes of most types of arthritis are unknown.
Q: What’s the difference between OA and RA?
OA is the most common form of arthritis in the U.S., affecting nearly 27 million adults.† While the exact cause of OA is unknown, it occurs when cartilage in joints breaks down over time. OA is most commonly found in knees, hips, hands, or the spine, although it can occur in any joint.
Unlike OA, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s defense system doesn't function properly and it 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. These proteins can also damage the cartilage, bone tendons, and ligaments near the joint, and can eventually destroy the joint itself.
†Patient-reported, doctor-diagnosed cases.
Q: How is arthritis diagnosed?
Diagnosing arthritis often requires a detailed medical history of current and past symptoms, a physical examination, X-rays, and blood work. And, it is possible to be diagnosed with more than one form of arthritis at the same time.
Q: How many people in the U.S. have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis?
An estimated 27 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed osteoarthritis (OA) and an estimated 1.5 million have rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Q: What is an arthritis flare?
An arthritis flare is a rapid increase in the severity of a person’s arthritis symptoms.
Q: What is CELEBREX?
CELEBREX is an FDA-approved NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) used to treat the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and for the management of acute pain in adults.
Q: How long has CELEBREX been on the market?
For over 16 years, CELEBREX has been FDA approved to treat the signs and symptoms of OA and RA in adults.
Q: Has CELEBREX ever been taken off the market?
No, CELEBREX has never been taken off the market. It has been an arthritis treatment option for millions of patients for over 16 years in a row.
Q: Does CELEBREX contain aspirin?
No, CELEBREX does not contain aspirin, but you should not take CELEBREX if you have had an allergic reaction to aspirin or have aspirin-sensitive asthma.
Q: How do I get CELEBREX?
CELEBREX is available by prescription only, so you’ll need to ask your doctor if CELEBREX is right for you.
Q: Can CELEBREX be taken with low-dose aspirin?
Always be sure to talk to your doctor about any medications that you are currently taking. If you are taking low-dose aspirin for your heart and need an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) pain reliever, you can use CELEBREX because it doesn’t interfere with the antiplatelet effect of aspirin. However, taking low-dose aspirin may not reduce the cardiovascular risk associated with NSAID use. With any NSAID, including CELEBREX, patients also taking aspirin are at an increased risk for stomach bleeding and ulcers.
Q: Does CELEBREX increase the risk of high blood pressure?
As with all prescription NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), CELEBREX can lead to the onset or worsening of high blood pressure. Please be sure to discuss all preexisting medical conditions with your doctor.
Q: Will taking CELEBREX cause weight gain?
If you have unusual weight gain, or swelling of the arms and legs, hands and feet, stop taking CELEBREX and tell your doctor right away.
Q: Who should not take CELEBREX?
Do not take CELEBREX:
- If you have had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAID medicine
- If you have bleeding in the stomach or intestine
- For pain right before or after heart bypass surgery
- During late stages of pregnancy
Q: How am I supposed to take CELEBREX?
Your doctor will prescribe a specific dose of CELEBREX for you based on your diagnosis. Please ask your doctor about further dosing instructions, because CELEBREX should only be taken as prescribed.
Q: Do I take CELEBREX with or without food?
You can take CELEBREX with or without food. However, it’s good to establish a daily routine for taking CELEBREX, so find a time that works best for you and try to stick with it.
Q: How long do I have to stay on CELEBREX?
Talk to your doctor about your treatment plan because CELEBREX should always be taken as prescribed, at the lowest dose possible, and for the shortest time needed. However, if you have any side effects, tell your doctor immediately, as he or she may have to change your treatment.
Q: What should I do if I think I may have taken too much CELEBREX?
If you are concerned that you may have exceeded the recommended dosage of CELEBREX, please call your doctor or go to an emergency care facility.
Q: Can I take two CELEBREX at once (or per day) if one is not working?
You should not increase or change your dosage without consulting your doctor about dosing information.
Q: Do I need to avoid alcohol or smoking while taking CELEBREX?
Drinking alcohol and/or smoking increases the risk of getting an ulcer or experiencing stomach bleeding. Be sure to let your doctor know if you drink alcohol or smoke.
Q: Do I have to swallow the capsules whole?
If you have difficulty swallowing capsules, the contents of a CELEBREX capsule can be added to applesauce. Carefully empty the entire contents of the capsule onto a level teaspoon of cool or room temperature applesauce and take immediately with water.
Q: What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
If you miss a dose, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, because CELEBREX should always be taken as prescribed by your doctor.
Q: What do I do if I’m taking other medications?
It is very important to tell your doctor and pharmacist about any over-the-counter and prescription medications that you are taking. You should also tell them about any herbal and nutritional supplements you take.
You may want 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 blood-thinning agents
- Other NSAIDs
Q: Can I take over-the-counter pain relievers while taking CELEBREX?
It is always a good idea to ask your doctor about any over-the-counter medicines and herbal or nutritional supplements you are taking or thinking about taking. CELEBREX is an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), and many over-the-counter pain relievers are also NSAIDs. Therefore, they should be avoided while taking CELEBREX, due to a potential increased risk of side effects.
Q: How should I store my CELEBREX?
You can store your CELEBREX at room temperature. Keep it out of reach of children and pets. Throw away your medicine if it is expired or if you no longer use it.
Q: What is an NSAID?
An NSAID is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
Q: Do all prescription NSAIDs have the same cardiovascular warning?
All prescription NSAIDs, like CELEBREX, ibuprofen, naproxen, and meloxicam, have the same cardiovascular warning. They may all increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death.
Q: Do all prescription NSAIDs have the same warnings for serious stomach and intestine side effects?
All prescription NSAIDs, including CELEBREX, have the same warning for serious stomach and intestine problems. They may cause ulcers and bleeding, which can occur without warning and may cause death.
Q: Are there any differences in other stomach side effects between CELEBREX and other prescription NSAIDs?
All prescription NSAIDs, including CELEBREX, have the same warning for serious stomach and intestine problems. However, in clinical studies, a lower percentage of arthritis patients on CELEBREX reported stomach discomfort (including indigestion, abdominal pain, and nausea) versus those taking prescription ibuprofen and naproxen.
Q: How important is losing weight in treating arthritis pain?
If you’re overweight, doctors who treat arthritis often recommend losing weight. It can relieve extra stress placed on joints and reduce the pain felt in those joints. In fact, for every pound lost, a person relieves about four pounds of stress on his or her knees. A healthier diet combined with exercise can help you lose weight. Before beginning any exercise program, be sure to talk to your doctor.
Q: Is exercise recommended for people who have arthritis?
Q: What should I do if I want to start an exercise program to help manage my pain?
The first thing you’ll want to do is talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to tell you the general types of exercise that will work best with your physical condition and overall health. Your doctor may also be able to refer you to a physical therapist who is trained to help people with arthritis.
Get brand-name CELEBREX for as little as $4 per month*
Get brand-name CELEBREX for as little
*Terms and conditions apply.
as $4 per month*
*Eligibility required. Terms and conditions apply. Card will be accepted only at participating pharmacies. Card is not health insurance. No membership fees. Savings of up to $125 per fill for a maximum savings of up to $1,750 per year. For more information, visit www.Celebrex.com, call