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About Celebrex

If you've used Celebrex, please help others by adding your feedback. 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.


Subj: How long to take effect?
Date: 1/10/2007
After one starts taking Celebrex, how long does it usually take for the pain-reduction effects of the medication to become apparent?
Bill

AskDocWeb: It depends on the severity of your problem but the peak pain relief is reached about three hours after taking it.


Subj: Delusions?
Date: 1/12/2007
My grandmother just started taking celebrex a week ago. She is feeling better, but she now talks about seeing people in her bedroom at night and airplanes flying overhead. Are delusions a rare side effect of celebrex? I'm worried. I know it causes GI bleeding; she has a bleeding tumor in her transverse colon (slow bleeding). If celebrex increases GI bleeding, could the delusions be due to possible blood loss; if so, wouldn't she notice more blood in her stool? She is 101 years old and very lucid normally. Any ideas?
Trina

AskDocWeb: The only psychiatric side effect listed is insomnia.


Subj: Eyes almost swollen shut
Date: 1/15/2007
I have only been taking celebrex for 5 days...long story short, head on collision on November 21, 2006 seeing spine specialist having MRI on January 17 on cervical and lumbar regions, on December 15 acute adema in ankles and leg region below knee. Pain in all joints. Waiting to get appointment to Rheumatologist. I woke this morning with my eyes almost swollen shut and some puffiness on both sides of face. Is this possibly a reaction to celebrex, side effect or related to the inflammation? I called my pharmacist and asked about Lunesta I started taking 3 days ago, but forgot to ask her about the Celebrex.
Jean

AskDocWeb: It sounds like it is related to the inflammation, Celebrex typically reduces swelling.


Subj: Hemorrhaged when taking NSAIDs
Date: 1/30/2007
I have sciatica and my orthopod has prescribed Celebrex. My problem is that I have hemorrhaged twice before taking NSAIDs. He told me this is unlikely to happen with Celebrex. My question is HOW UNLIKELY is it. I would rather forego taking it than having another hemorrhage.
Robert

AskDocWeb: We don't have any data on how unlikely it is to happen but that possibility does exit.


Subj: Celebrex and surgery
Date: 1/30/2007
My partner has ankylosingspondilitis (an arthritis which fuses together the whole backbone). My partner may have protrate cancer and a biopsy needs to be done urgently, however his surgeon will not operate on him, unless he has been off Celebrex for a minimum of 10 days. The last time my partner went off Celebrex for a few days, he ended up going completely "stiff" and was not able to move and was placed in hospital for a period of two (2) weeks. Just wondering if there are any other drugs that will allow him movement and be okay for surgery.
Susan

AskDocWeb: Yes, there are several. Please talk to your doctor about which one would work best for your partner.


Subj: Ankles swelling
Date: 2/8/2007
On the same day my doctor put me on caduet, she also told me to take the celebrex every day for knee pain. Before that I only took it if the pain got really bad. Well, my ankles started swelling really bad and all this time I have been blaming the caduet. I stopped taking the caduet three days ago and my ankles are still swelling. Now I see I may have been wrong--maybe it is the celebrex! This site has helped me a lot to understand that.
Debbiek


Subj: Celebrex depression
Date: 2/14/2007
It seems to me that Celebrex is causing depression and moodiness. I stopped it, then started again, and both times I was suddenly in a depression. So I guess I'll quit using it.
Linda

AskDocWeb: Celebrex is known to cause depression in less than 2% of users.


Subj: Celebrex rash
Date: 2/18/2007
I started on Celebrex about 4 weeks ago and suddenly developed an extremely harsh, painful, blistery rash on one side of my upper thigh and groin area. I went to see my dermatologist who couldn't identify the rash, but suggested it might be from the Celebrex. Do you think it could take close to a month for the rash to develop? I stopped taking Celebrex, per his suggestion, but he wants me to try it again once the rash heals to see if that's the cause. When your list of side effects includes a rash, it doesn't really tell anything about what type of rash or where it usually occurs. Is there any way to find out some more specific details on what type of rash occurs? Thanks
Myra

AskDocWeb: Your rash sounds like shingles, but no the drug companies never tell us what type of rash could appear, sorry.


Subj: Weaning off Celebrex?
Date: 2/18/2007
Hi, I've been taking 200 mg of Celebrex daily for about 3 years. Due to the increased risks, I'd like to stop taking it. Could you tell me if I can safely just abruptly stop taking it - or - should I slowly wean myself from it. Thanks so much!
Judi

AskDocWeb: We found nothing to indicate that weaning might be necessary but you should discuss this with your doctor before doing anything. You might want to keep some on hand in case you decide to start taking them again. Some people get used to the affect and don't realize how much pain the drug is controlling.


Subj: Celebrex weight gain
Date: 2/26/2007
I have been on celebrex for a week and have put on 6 lbs. What can I take to stop this weight gain?
Pam

AskDocWeb: Celebrex does cause weight gain in about 2% of users. There is nothing you can do about it but it does need to be reported to your doctor.


Subj: Urine screens for methamphetamine
Date: 3/11/2007
After I started taking my prescribed dose of 200 mgs of celebrex a day I started to test positive on urine screens for methamphetamine. A blood serum analyses confirmed that I had none in my system. I cannot find any data linking these two substances. Have you ever heard of a connection?
Andrea

AskDocWeb: No.


Subj: Celebrex weight gain?
Date: 3/24/2007
I started taking Celebrex yesterday, after undergoing laparoscopic surgery to remove my gallbladder. I had no appetite yesterday and ate less than 800 calories of food. This was fine by me, since I'm trying to lose weight. Yet, instead of losing weight, I GAINED four pounds. The only other medication I am taking is Percocet. Could the Celebrex have caused the weight gain? Since Celebrex isn't a steroid, why would it cause weight gain in the same way steroids do? Anyone know?
L


Subj: Wonderful painkiller BUT
Date: 3/27/2007
-as noted above, its only masking the pain, if you don't use Celebrex the pain will be back (in my case). -using alcohol is pretty dangerous concerning the stomach. Limited use of alcohol is no problem, but if you exceed the (personal) limit it can be quite a painful situation. Greetings,
Paul


Subj: Blurred vision
Date: 4/4/2007
Had blurred vision, discontinued use for 2 days, vision returned to almost normal...resumed 2 200mg doses and blurred vision returned...is this a standard side effect?
Dolly

AskDocWeb: Blurred vision does happen with celebrex but with less than 2% of users.


Subj: Muscle pain
Date: 4/7/2007
After being on Celebrex, 2 - 200 mg per day, for a week I awoke one night with severe pain in the muscles on the backside of my legs. Also pain in my seat muscles. It felt like I may have been over exercising, but I haven't been exercising. Also on one hand my finger joints hurt and were stiff. Before Celebrex this did not happen. Does Celebrex cause muscle pain?
Wayne

AskDocWeb: Yes, we have heard from others that they too have had this experience, less than 2% of users.


Subj: Celebrex
Date: 4/24/2007
Does Celebrex contain ibuprofen too which is same as Advil. Can I get Celebrex over the counter without prescription. Thank you
Christine

AskDocWeb: No you can't get celebrex over the counter because it is a prescription drug. It contains celecoxib (the active ingredient), croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, povidone, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, gelatin, edible inks, and titanium dioxide, no Ibuprofen.


Subj: Celebrex for tension headaches
Date: 4/25/2007
My doctor prescribed Celebrex when I had a Tension Headache that wouldn't go away. It worked wonders and my headache was gone. BUT, I started using Celebrex on Saturday evening. By Monday morning I'd gained 5 POUNDS! This stuff really made my body retain fluid. It's all water weight. It's now the following Thursday and I can notice a change in my body already. So be aware that you may have a side effect of sudden weight gain (which is water weight!)
Laci


Subj: Celebrex for the pain from chemo
Date: 4/27/2007
I was diagnosed with Lymphoma in December of 2006. My oncologist prescribed 200mg of Celebrex to be taken twice daily to combat the pain from chemo. Not only did it help with the pain from the chemo, it relieved the severe pain in my hips from a previous hip surgery I had over 30 years ago. The pain would be so intense that there were days I had a hard time getting out of bed. I know the risks of Celebrex and that does concern me. So much so, I stopped taking it for 2 weeks. But I've come to the conclusion, it's worth the risk.
Julia


Subj: Celebrex weight gain
Date: 5/2/2007
I've also gained weight from celebrex. I've been taking it for about 6 months and have gained 13 lbs. Not only have I gained it, but I've tried everything to lose it with no results. I'm wondering if there is any other pain reliever that would do the same as celebrex without the weight gain. I have fibromyalgia too so the extra weight makes my muscles hurt more but my back pain is alot better. I'm thinking about going off the celebrex, but I can't bear to go back to the bad pain again. I feel like I'm stuck in the middle. Any suggestions? Thanks,
Gail

AskDocWeb: That's a difficult position to be in. If you haven't already visited one, a pain clinic might be able to help.

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