Doctor Discussion Guide
Create a personalized guide to help you discuss your arthritis pain and potential treatment options with your doctor.
One of the most valuable resources you have in managing your arthritis pain is your doctor. He or she can help find the right medication for you and also recommend the additional treatments that best suit your needs. Here are some ways you can work with your doctor to make the most out of your visit and treatment plan.
When you schedule an appointment, be prepared to talk about what you've been doing to manage your arthritis pain along with your medical and lifestyle history. Make a list of all medical conditions you have and medicines you are currently taking. You may also want to make a list of questions you might want to ask your doctor. The Doctor Discussion Guide on this page can help you get started.
As part of your arthritis treatment, it's important to take CELEBREX as your doctor prescribes. However, if you experience any side effects, tell your doctor about them right away, as you may need to stop taking CELEBREX. If you have questions about taking CELEBREX or your overall treatment plan, ask your doctor to explain the reasons behind your treatment.
Make sure to schedule follow-up appointments and keep your doctor informed of your progress or any side effects you may experience.
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.
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.