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Safety and CELEBREX

When it comes to relieving your arthritis pain, you and your doctor need to balance the benefits with the risks. Some of the most common warnings, questions, and considerations are explained below. If you still have questions about the safety of CELEBREX, ask your doctor or call 1-888-678-2692. To view our Important Safety Information and Indications, please scroll to the end of this page.

Some warnings and possible side effects

  • Cardiovascular warning: 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.
  • Stomach and intestine risk: All prescription NSAIDs 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.
  • Serious skin and allergic reactions can occur with CELEBREX. Do not take it if you’ve had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergies to aspirin, other NSAIDs, or certain drugs called sulfonamides. Get help right away if you’ve had swelling of the face or throat or have trouble breathing.

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.
  • Do not take CELEBREX if you have bleeding in the stomach or intestine.
  • Do not take CELEBREX for pain right before or after heart bypass surgery.
  • Do not take CELEBREX during late stages of pregnancy.

Before starting CELEBREX

Tell your doctor if you:

  • Have a history of ulcers or bleeding in the stomach or intestines
  • Have high blood pressure or heart failure
  • Have kidney or liver problems
  • Are breastfeeding

It is very important to tell your doctor and pharmacist about any medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, that you are taking. You should also tell them about any herbal and nutritional supplements you take. 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:

  • Corticosteriods
  • ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II antagonists
  • Warfarin or similar agents
  • Fluconazole
  • Furosemide
  • Lithium
  • Methotrexate
  • Aspirin
  • Other NSAIDs

Common questions

Can CELEBREX be taken with low-dose aspirin?

If you are taking low-dose aspirin for your heart and need an NSAID pain reliever, CELEBREX can be used because it doesn’t interfere with aspirin’s antiplatelet effect. 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. CELEBREX is not a substitute for aspirin in preventing heart attack or stroke.

Will taking CELEBREX cause weight gain?

In premarketing clinical trials, weight gain was not commonly reported. In fact, it occurred in less than 2% of patients treated with CELEBREX.

Are there any differences in stomach side effects among prescription NSAIDs?

In clinical studies, a lower percentage of patients on CELEBREX reported stomach discomfort including indigestion, abdominal pain, and nausea versus those taking prescription ibuprofen and naproxen.

Can I drink alcohol and smoke while taking CELEBREX?

Drinking alcohol and/or smoking increases the risk of getting an ulcer or stomach bleeding. Be sure to let your doctor know if you consume alcoholic drinks or smoke.

Prescription CELEBREX should be used exactly as prescribed at the lowest dose possible and for the shortest time needed.

Partnering with Your Doctor

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.

INDICATIONS

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.

For more information about CELEBREX and other NSAIDs, please see the Medication Guide.

For further information on CELEBREX, please see the full Prescribing Information.

Have a question? Call us at 1-888-678-2692.

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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.

INDICATIONS

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.

For more information about CELEBREX and other NSAIDs, please see the Medication Guide.

For further information on CELEBREX, please see the full Prescribing Information.