Celebrex
DESCRIPTION

Celebrex is a medication which reduces pain and inflammation. It is commonly used by individuals suffering from conditions such as arthritis and acute pain.

How it works

This particular drug is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It also acts as a COX-2 inhibitor, which allows the medication to relieve pain. The drug works by blocking the enzyme that makes prostaglandins. Reducing the level of prostaglandins in the body will automatically relieve pain and swelling.

Uses

The main ability of this medication is decreasing pain and inflammation caused as a result of various illnesses. Celebrex is prescribed to those with arthritis, acute pain and menstrual pain. Consuming this medication will enable you to carry on your daily tasks without experiencing any pain. This drug can also be used to treat gout attacks.

Dosage

This drug is generally taken once or twice a day, by mouth. In order to avoid stomach upset, it is best to take this medication with food. Follow the prescription provided by your physician and only consume this medication until it is necessary.

This medication must be consumed with a full glass of water, unless you are advised to do otherwise by your healthcare provider. It is not healthy for you to lie down immediately after consuming this drug. Make sure to stay up for at least 10 minutes before you lie down.

These medications can also be consumed on according to your needs. If your physician allows, you can take a dose every time you feel the pain. In some cases, it can take at least two weeks for the drugs to kick in. So, in the meantime avoid increasing the dosage to enhance the effectiveness of the medication.

Side effects

Consuming Celebrex can reduce your pain. However, it can also lead to some unfavorable side effects. These may include:

Headaches
Swelling of feet
Unexplained weight gain
Increase in blood pressure
Kidney problems
Difficult swallowing
Unusual tiredness

Although these symptoms can disappear in a few days, you need to consult a physician if they persist for a longer period.

Precautions

The precautionary methods listed below must be followed at all times to decrease the occurrence of side effects.

Check your blood pressure on a regular basis since this medication can increase your blood pressure.
Inform your physician if you are allergic to Celebrex or any NSAID in general.
Inform your physician if you are suffering liver disease, heart disease or blood disorders.
This medication can cause stomach bleeding. Therefore, restrain from alcoholic beverages during the course of the treatment.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid hydration problems.
Measure the doses carefully when giving this medication to children and older adults as they are more sensitive to certain side effects of the medication.

Self-care

Consuming this drug during the period of pregnancy or when trying to get pregnant can lead to certain risks such as miscarriage and trouble getting pregnant. Although you can use this medication during crucial times, it is best to avoid during the final stages of pregnancy.

Although there have been no reports about this drug harming children who are nursed, the drug can still be passed on to a child through breast milk. Therefore, it is best to avoid nursing during the period of breastfeeding.

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