CELEBREX (pronounced sell'-uh-brex)
is for relief of the pain and inflammation of OA and adult
RA and was introduced in the United States in early 1999.
Since then, millions of CELEBREX prescriptions have been written,
making it the #1 selling brand of prescription arthritis medication.1
By effectively reducing the pain, inflammation and stiffness
of arthritis, CELEBREX can help you through the day with activities
like standing, walking or climbing stairs, and through the
night while sitting or lying in bed
USES: Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
(NSAID) known as a COX-2 inhibitor used to relieve the symptoms
of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in adults. It may
also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your
BEFORE USING: Some medicines or medical conditions may
interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST
of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you
are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION
may be needed if you are taking an ACE inhibitor, an anticoagulant,
furosemide, lithium, or fluconazole. Inform your doctor of
any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions
or concerns about taking this medicine.
DIRECTIONS: The usual dose of Celebrex
for osteoarthritis is 200 mg daily or 100 mg twice daily.
While patients with rheumatoid arthritis should start with
these dosages, some patients with rheumatoid arthritis may
benefit from dosage of 200 mg twice daily. The maximum daily
dose should not exceed 200 mg twice daily. Ask your doctor,
nurse, or pharmacist any questions you may have about this
medicine. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or
with food. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between
59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly-closed
container, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF
THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost
time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back
to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT take 2 doses at once.
PRECAUTIONS: DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE
IF YOU HAVE HAD A SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION to aspirin or any
medicine containing aspirin or to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drug (such as Feldene, Motrin, Naprosyn, Clinoril). DO NOT
TAKE THIS MEDICINE IF YOU HAVE HAD A SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION
to a sulfonamide antibiotic (Septra DS, Bactrim DS, Gantrisin).
A severe reaction includes a severe rash, hives, breathing
difficulties, or dizziness. If you have a question about whether
you are allergic to this medicine, contact your doctor or
pharmacist. IF YOU EXPERIENCE difficulty breathing; tightness
of chest; swelling of eyelids, face, or lips; or if you develop
a rash or hives, tell your doctor immediately. Do not take
any more doses of this medicine unless your doctor tells you
to do so. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE or take this
medicine for longer than prescribed without checking with
your doctor. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while
you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE stomach
bleeding. If you drink alcohol on a daily basis, do not take
this medicine without first discussing it with your doctor.
Alcohol use combined with this medicine may increase your
risk for stomach bleeding. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW
MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with
your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any medicines that
contain aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or ketoprofen. FOR WOMEN:
IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor
the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy.
IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk.
DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
SIDE EFFECTS: SIDE EFFECTS that may
occur while taking Celebrex include diarrhea, indigestion,
mild stomach pain, gas, nausea, or headache. If they continue
or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR
DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience skin rash or
itching; unexplained weight gain; bloating or swelling of
ankles, feet, or hands; vomiting material that looks like
coffee grounds; blood in stool or vomit; yellowing of skin
or eyes; or unusual fatigue. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY
if you experience swelling of face, lips, eyes, throat, or
tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your
doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
NOTES: DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE
with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS
MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS PRODUCT out
of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED
PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.