Celebrex: When should it not be used?
Celebrex: When should this pain medication not be used?
You should never take Celebrex or similar pain medications right
before or right after heart bypass surgery. You should also not use
Celebrex if you are allergic to sulfonamide drugs such as
sulfadiazine, sulfisoxazole, Gantanol and Thiosofil. You should
usually not use this medication if you have ever suffered an asthma
attack, face and throat swelling, or any other skin eruptions after
taking aspirin or other NSAID's. If it is determined that you are
allergic to Celebrex you should discontinue it immediately.
Celebrex: What are some the special warnings about this pain
You should always remember to tell your doctor about any stomach
ulcers or bleeding you have had in the past prior to starting a
prescription of Celebrex. Also, your doctor needs to be alerted to
the development of any digestive problems, swelling or rash. Problems
involving stomach ulcers and bleeding may increase if you are also
taking steroidal drugs or blood thinners, smoke, drink alcohol, or use
Celebrex or any other NSAID medications for a long period of time.
There is also a greater risk of adverse symptoms if you’re older or in
relatively poor health. You should always make sure your doctor is
completely aware of your entire medical history.
If you have asthma, you should use Celebrex or similar pain
medications with caution. It has been known to trigger an attack,
especially if you’re also sensitive to aspirin.
If you are currently taking steroidal medications for your arthritis,
you should not discontinue them immediately to start therapy with
Celebrex. Celebrex and similar pain medications are not substitutes
for these drugs.
Celebrex has been reported to cause liver and kidney problems,
particularly in individuals with existing conditions. If you have
such a disorder, you should take Celebrex with caution. If you are to
notice symptoms of liver poisoning, you should stop taking this pain
medication and see your doctor immediately. Warning signs of liver
poisoning may include nausea, fatigue, itching, yellowish skin or pain
in the right side of the stomach as well as occasionally flu-like
If you're prone to anemia (loss of red blood cells), you should make
sure your doctor is well aware of it as Celebrex has been known to
foster this problem.
These types of pain medications are also known to cause water
retention, which may aggravate swelling, high blood pressure and heart
failure. Obviously, you should use this medication with caution if you
have any of these conditions.
There is no evidence that Celebrex reduces the probability of cancer
in people who are taking this pain medication for familial adenomatous
polyposis (FAP). Although Celebrex can reduce the number of growths,
you'll still need the other treatments and frequent checkups that this
condition will require.
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)