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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.

Effectiveness of Celebrex
Would Celebrex be effective taken every other day? I’m currently taking 200mg per day for a bad hip, but after 4 or 5 days it starts tearing my stomach up – even taking Nexium twice a day. Have tried 4 on and 4 off, but the 4 off is WAAAYYY too long and the pain comes tearing back. Wondering about every other day or 2 on 2 off?


AskDocWeb: Since the half-life of Celebrex ranges from 11 to 12 hours, that means that it takes from 2 1/2 to 3 days to completely clear the body after the last dose. It’s no wonder that the fourth day is so bad. Any change in your treatment plan should be discussed with your doctor but taking it every other day does work for some people.

Bladder and bowel issues
I seem to having issues on empty my bladder and bowels when taking this drug. Is this one of the side effects?


AskDocWeb: The patient information for Celebrex says to stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if you have bladder symptoms such as bladder pain, difficulty or pain passing urine.

Double vision
On my second day of this drug..I had double vision..I stopped! This stuff is lethal..


Weight gain
I have been taking celebrex for @ 6 months now due to inflammation from a broken tailbone that fused back incorrectly. The only side effect that I have noticed is also weight gain. I have gained around 18 pounds. Like your other reviewer, I wondered where the weight was coming from. I keep a food journal and average @ 1400 calories a day. I am 5’8″ and my normal weight is around 145-150. The weight concerns me and also I have the concern that the celebrex is just a band-aid. But the pain and sciatica is too much to deal with to stop taking it.


Potency of Celebrex after it expires
I have a script of celebrex with a discard after 10/20/11 on it. My Doc says it’s OK to take it, that only the potency is affected. So, how much potency has it lost and is it still effective for my rotator cuff tear?


AskDocWeb: We have yet to see a pharmaceutical company publish such information. Of course they want you to buy more product. Unfortunately there is no way, other than using it, to determine the loss of effectiveness over time. Although Celebrex is not one of them, some drugs become dangerous after the expiration date. These include, but are not limited to, Tetracycline, doxycycline, demeclocycline (and other antibiotics), Forteo, Tylenol (acetaminophen), and some seizure medications.

Arthritis pain
61 year old white female with arthritis. Used to take 400mg Celebrex but doctor suddenly decided I needed to cut back to 200 mg. A few months after cutting back I woke up with pain and swelling in my knee. After six months of waiting for the pain to go away I finally saw my doctor. An x-ray showed arthritis in knee. He refused to prescribe any pain medications.

In the past while going through menopause (headaches) he had given me Darvocet then switched me to Tramadol. Only took Tramadol 2-3 times so had a few pills left. Told the doctor the Celebrex 200mg only helped for about 10 hours then pain right back. Also told him I had tried a leftover Tramadol two times and Tylenol a couple times without relief. Pain was waking me up during the night. Asked my doctor what else could be done to help the pain (I never suggested taking extra Celebrex.) He said there was nothing else he could do and I would have to see an Orthopedic Surgeon!!! They cost alot of money.

I also have osteoporosis of back and hips and have fractured my foot, ankle and shoulder within the past 3 years. I don’t understand why a “Family Practice” doctor can’t help me to control my arthritis pain.


AskDocWeb: In some patients with arthritis, surgery may be necessary but that is not always the only long-term solution. There are three classes of drugs used to reduce the pain and inflammation in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which includes aspirin and ibuprofen.

Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) are drugs used to treat people with rheumatoid arthritis who don’t responded well to NSAIDs. Some of these include methotrexate, penicillamine, hydroxychloroquine, and gold injections. Treatment with these medications requires careful monitoring by the physician to avoid side effects.

Corticosteroids are hormones that can be taken by mouth or given by injection. Prednisone is the corticosteroid most often given by mouth to reduce the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. In both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, the doctor also may inject a corticosteroid into the affected joint to stop pain. Because frequent injections may cause damage to the cartilage, they are typically only used once or twice a year.

There are also non-medical approaches to managing arthritis pain. Weight reduction can reduce the strain and stress on weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips. Studies show that overweight women who lose an average of 11 pounds substantially reduced the development of osteoarthritis in their knees. In addition, weight reduction will reduce the chance of it developing in the other joints.

Another non-medical approach is regular physical activity. Walking, low-impact aerobic exercise, swimming, and range-of-motion exercises may reduce joint pain and stiffness. Stretching exercises are also helpful. A physical therapist can help plan an exercise program that will give you the most benefit.

Other non-drug approaches for pain relief include applying heat, applying cold, massage, acupuncture, meditation, guided imagery, physical and occupational therapy, and using joint supports and cushions such as walking aids, knee braces, footwear and insoles. Many people use multiple approaches to manage their pain.

Long-term use of Celebrex
I have Ankylosing Spondylitis and have been on Celebrex for a year, 100 mgs twice daily. It is not enough to combat the pain and stiffness I deal with every day, especially in my ribs and chest. My rheumatolagist has prescribed 200 mgs twice daily for the next month to see how I do. My next step will be biologic drugs if this does not work. I am a bit worried about taking a dosage that large, because if it does work I assume I will be on it for a long time.


AskDocWeb: As with any prescription drug the known benefits have to be weighed against the possible side effects. Many people appreciate reading the personal accounts of the side effects of Celebrex so be sure to share your experience with this medication.
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