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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.


Weight gain
Date: 5/24/2015
My weight has always been steady. I noticed today that I gained 7 pounds in 2 weeks with this drug. I am going to go off of it immediately - I was taking it for arthritis pain. Benefits definitely do not outweigh the side effects.
RB

AskDocWeb: Always discuss changes in your treatment with your doctor before making them. There may or may not be alternatives that could work just as well.


Does the weight come off after stopping?
Date: 5/31/2015
I have been taken it for just over 2 months and have stopped taking for all the side effects one being weight gain does the weight come off after stopping the drug. And does side effect symptoms subside?
Marie

AskDocWeb: If the weight gain was caused by Celebrex then it most likely will come off within a few weeks after discontinuing the medication. In most cases, side effects do subside and don't pose any serious problems.


Weight gain and swelling
Date: 6/15/2015
I have pain so I started Celebrex but soon after noticed a lot of swelling in my ankles and was hard to walk due to the swelling and pain. Then there was also a lot of weight gain and swelling in abdomen. So decided to stop taking it. Now I take Cymbalta.....which helps with pain and also helps my anxiety.
Doris


Tanning
Date: 6/28/2015
I have took Celebrex twice daily for about two years. I like to tan in my tanning bed but I get a servere rash from the combo of the medication and tanning bed. I have stopped raking it about two weeks ago, do you think it is out of my system long enough for me to tan now?
Aprille

AskDocWeb: We have concerns about using tanning beds but that aside, if your elimination system is in good condition then it should clear Celebrex completely from your body within three days.


Is it true
Date: 7/28/2015
Is it true that doctors prescribe medications that make you feel worse just so you keep going back to see them again? I am asking because my gp keeps making one appointment after another for the same issue. I am 50 years old. What happened to the days when doctors actually gave a damn? I remember as a child, I got sick & was cured. Is it all about money these days???
Joe

AskDocWeb: Your first question is not true of most doctors but there are exceptions. Although rare, there are a few that provide less than professional service and you have the option of firing them. If you are not satisfied with the service seek an alternative.


Medication reaction?
Date: 8/14/2015
I took Celebrex for about two weeks 200 mg twice daily as I had pericarditis. I started to have insomnia, sleeping 3-6 hits a night instead of my 7.5-8 hours, my heart rate went down to 42, I gained 18 pounds of water weight despite staying on a 1200 calorie diet. Extreme stomach pain, probably gastritis. Difficulty breathing with tightness in my chest. Slight headache and elevated blood pressure Doctor sent me home to try and recover and I was told if heart rate goes below 40 to go to hospital.

I stopped taking it Tuesday night and it's now Friday morning. I'm slowly improving but your website says it takes 2.5 days for it to get out of your system. How long should it take for the medication reaction to resolve? My heart rate is up to 52, but my sleep tracker shows I did go down to 42 last night, pain decreasing in stomach but I laid off food and only drank water yesterday to give my stomach a rest. I slept 5.5 hours last night. Chest still tight. What can I expect time wise for resolution of these symptoms?
Francine

AskDocWeb: Although a heart rate of 42 to 52 is low for many people, it is common for people who get a lot of physical activity or who are very athletic. Active people often have lower heart rates because their heart muscle is in better condition and doesn't need to work as hard to maintain a steady beat.

Pericarditis is an inflammation of the membrane layers that surround the heart. The resolution of symptoms depends in part on the condition of that membrane. Also the symptoms may not be a reaction to the medication. Other health issues can complicate recovery so discuss this with your doctor.


Congestive heart failure
Date: 8/26/2015
I took Celebrex for less than a year & was taken off after it caused severe edema of face hands & especially feet & legs, & extremely high blood pressure. While there was some improvement after stopping it, a couple months later it got really bad again & led to congestive heart failure!

It has been almost 10 years since taking it, but I am still struggling w/severe edema & extremely high uncontrollable blood pressure that will run as high as 226/120 w/ average being 156/110. Celebrex has RUINED my life & left me in much, MUCH worse shape than when I started it! While my outcome may not be common; patients need to be told that this outcome is possible & while it did help my pain, it was NOT worth it!!! I NEVER dreamed that a medication could continue to hurt me long after stopping it!!
Ginger

AskDocWeb: Hopefully your post will make others aware of this possibility. Thanks Ginger!


Alternative for Celebrex?
Date: 9/10/2015
Hi....I was on voltarol for healing laminectomy. that hurt my stomache badly so was put on celebrex in 2000. 15 yrs ago. I was very lucky. I had no side effects but since ceasing recently, my pain muscle spasms and general discomfort everywhere has returned... I really need a good alternative. It hurts.
lisa

AskDocWeb: Below are some alternatives that others have found helpful. However, since Celebrex is so potent you might have to take a larger quantity, each of which has its own risks. Do not try one of these alternatives until you discuss this with your doctor.
  • Aspirin
  • Diclofenac (Voltaren)
  • Diflunisal (Dolobid)
  • Etodolac (Lodine)
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin)
  • Indomethacin (Indocin)
  • Ketoprofen (Orudis)
  • Ketorolac (Toradol)
  • Nabumetone (Relafen)
  • Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
  • Oxaprozin (Daypro)
  • Piroxicam (Feldene)
  • Salsalate (Amigesic)
  • Sulindac (Clinoril)
  • Tolmetin (Tolectin)


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