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About Celebrex

If you've used Celebrex, please help others by sharing your experience with side effects. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history. You can use the form below to add your comments, feedback or Celebrex review.


Reaction to the Celebrex
Date: 4/10/2006
I was prescribed Celebrex in January '13 for severe arthritis in hips, lower back pain and painful neuropathy in both legs and feet. I took 1 per day for 3 days as prescribed and they helped. Days 4-5 they did nothing so I didn't take anymore until March '13. On the 20th of March at 11:40 am I took 1 Celebrex and within 10 minutes I was in full anaphalactic shock, hives, couldn't breathe, diarea, lightheaded, vomiting, and blue. When the 1st responders got to me at 12:15 I had a pulse ox of 82 and my blood pressure was 70/0. I was given epi, benedryl, IV and I don't remember what else. At the hospital I was given steroids IV and I'm not sure what all. I am waiting to receive my records for the 1st responders and the hospital so I can enter the info on a medic alert bracelet USB.. I was told not to EVER think of a rechallange this was definitely a severe reaction to the Celebrex.
Fran


Swelling after stopping Celebrex
Date: 4/26/2006
I had a cervical fushion 2 months ago and have been taking CELEBREX I stopped taking the drug 3 days ago. my knuckles have swollen up. My toes have become very swollen and my hands hurt like hell. I was not taking the drug for arthritis yet now I have stoped taking it I have all the systems of the condition. are pfizer making sure that sufferes of the condition dont stop buying this drug... its all a little fishy if you ask me.
Sue

AskDocWeb: It does make you wonder, doesn't it? One possibility is that you are developing an unrelated condition or problems. Not saying that you are, just that it is possible. The manufacturer does note that, "If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly."


Allergic reaction?
Date: 4/28/2006
Hello, I have a question about Celebrex and allergic reactions. I started taking celebrex among other meds for RA, and Ankylosing Spondilitis back in 2008. I was on celebrex for about a year then quit because of the lack of work and health insurance back then. I started taking celebrex again just 5 days ago, and I broke out into hives yesterday and had to be hospitalised. I dont know for sure if Celebrex was the culprit, thats what im trying to figure out.

I was put on a Predisone dose packet and yet again today 24hrs from leaving the hospital Im breaking out into hives again. My question is, is it possible for the immune system to build up antibodies to fight off celebrex even after you took it before with great results, kind of like how your body 'can' build up antibodies to fight off remicade. Thanks for your time,
James

AskDocWeb: Although the reason why is currently unknown, the answer is yes, the body can develop an allergy to something that was previously tolerated. Even if you've taken it many times before with no trouble, at some point the body may develop antibodies that identify it as an invader. A simple skin test by an Allergist could tell you for sure whether or not you have developed an allergy to Celebrex.


Pain and stiffness are gone!
Date: 5/22/2006
Started celebrex a week ago for two weeks ago for inflamation, stiffness and constant aches due to a fall a year ago which i never went to doc for. I went to chiropractor for foot pain i couldn't take anymore. After one day on celebrex, the pain and stiffness gone! I had been tolerating stiffness & constant nagging aches a year. My only regret I waited too long to go to doctor.
Shirley


Tolerance and weight gain
Date: 6/18/2006
Long story short... I have fibromyalgia, tried many drugs for pain relief, I can only tolerate Celebrex. been on it for over 2 years, I am up to 300-400 mgs daily. Can you build u a tolerance to Celebrex and need to take more for relief? Also, I have gained over 40 lbs since I started taking it and I have never read anything about that as a side affect until today. Any tricks to not gaining more? I don't eat excessive amounts of food, and I exercise moderately.
Tina

AskDocWeb: Tolerance is a physiological process defined by the gradual loss of effectiveness over time. The good news is that never develops with Celebrex or other NSAIDs. Unfortunately Celebrex and other NSAIDs do have a "ceiling effect" which means that using higher than recommended doses does not result in greater pain relief, but does increase the risk of unwanted side effects.

We haven't found any tricks to be useful in the long term for avoiding weight gain. The quality of your diet has just as much influence on your weight as the amount of food you eat. Eating a high quality diet means eating those foods known to be healthy and avoiding the rest; carbonated beverages, sweet snacks, etc.

For most people, incorporating more movement in our daily routines has the benefit of avoiding weight gain, such as regular walking and some form of extra exercise. However, if you are under a doctor's care, check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.


Drowsiness
Date: 8/4/2013
Does drowsiness ever go aware when taking Celebrex? Going on 2nd month of 200mg daily
Vicki

AskDocWeb: Drowsiness is one of the symptoms of overdose and should be discussed with your doctor. Other symptoms of overdose include sluggishness, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, slow, shallow breathing, and in some cases loss of consciousness.


Blood test results?
Date: 8/15/2013
I have been using celebrex for almost ten years now. When not taking it the pains are still there. They were originally presicribed for fibro myalgia, and a back problem. I recently stopped them for about a week and discovered that the pain in my hands and feet are really severe without the meds. My GP tested me for arthritis because of were my pain is. Could the celebrex interfere with the blood test results as they act as an anti-inflammatory?
Michelle

AskDocWeb: There is no singular test for diagnosing arthritis so that is not a problem. Instead, arthritis is diagnosed based on a combination of a number of factors; the presentation of the joints involved, characteristic joint stiffness in the morning, the presence of blood rheumatoid factor and citrulline antibody, as well as findings of rheumatoid nodules and radiographic changes (X-ray testing).

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