Celebrex: Pain medication of choice?
Generic name: Celecoxib
Celebrex: Why is this pain medication prescribed?
Celebrex is a pain
medication usually prescribed for acute and menstrual pain, the pain
and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid
arthritis. Celebrex is a member of the class of medications referred
to as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDís) referred to as
Cox-2 inhibitors. Like older NSAIDís such as Motrin and Naprosin,
Celebrex is believed to fight pain and inflammation by inhibiting the
effect of a natural enzyme called Cox-2. However, unlike earlier
medications, this is one pain medication that does not interfere with
a similar substance called Cox-1, which is believed to exert a
protective affect on the stomach lining. As a result, Celebrex is
less likely to cause the bleeding and ulcers that sometimes accompany
sustained use of the older NSAIDís.
Celebrex has also
been found to reduce the number colorectal polyps (growths of the
lower intestine as well as the rectum, for people who suffer from a
condition referred to as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), an
inherited tendency to develop large amounts of colorectal polyps that
eventually become cancerous.
What are some of the more important things to know about this pain
Similar to other
NSAID pain medications, Celebrex may increase the chance of having a
heart attack or stroke, possibly resulting in death. The risk is
believed to be greater if you have existing heart disease or use
NSAIDís for a long period of time. It is very important to discuss the
risks and benefits of using Celebrex and similar pain medications with
your doctor, who will usually prescribe the lowest effective dose for
as short a period of time as possible.
is believed to be easy on the stomach it still may result in some
degree of risk, especially if you've had stomach ulcers or
gastrointestinal bleeding in the past. All NSAID's including
Celebrex, can cause serious and even life-threatening ulcers and
bleeding in the stomach and intestines. These side effects may occur
without symptoms and can occur at any time during the treatment. If
you've ever had ulcers or stomach bleeding, you should make sure that
your physician is aware of it as well as alerting them if you develop
any digestive problems or notice a change in your bowel movements
(such as blood in the stool or black, sticky stools).
Celebrex: How should you take this pain medication?
You should always
follow your doctor's recommendations when taking Celebrex or similar
pain medications. You can take it with or without food.
If you miss a
You should take it
as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for your next dose,
at which time you should skip the one you missed and get back to your
normal schedule. You should never take two doses at the same time.
You should always
store Celebrex and similar pain medications at room temperature.
Some information from The PDR Pocket
Guide to Prescription Drugs
Additional information and webpage by
Paul Susic M.A. Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)