Celecoxib

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Celecoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can help treat problems such as arthritis and menstrual cramps.

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How to take - Side Effects - Things To Avoid - Pregnancy

Unlike many other anti-inflammatories, it has been effective in treating children with arthritis, provided they are over two years old.

Celecoxib works by suppressing the hormones that cause swelling. If you need pain relief, ask our doctors about your options and see if celecoxib is right for you.

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Celecoxib is usually prescribed as a capsule

Celecoxib Dosage

As with any medication, you should only take celecoxib as instructed by a doctor. While you won’t always be on a dosing schedule, your doctor will likely give you an upper limit for the amount of celecoxib you can take in a 24-hour period.

If you are on a schedule and miss a dose, you should only take it if there’s still a long time until your next dose. Don’t take two doses at the same time, as this could potentially increase your chances of developing side effects.

Celecoxib is usually prescribed as a capsule that you’ll swallow. You can take this with or without food - many people who experience stomach upsets when taking celecoxib find that this is improved by taking their medicine with food.

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What Are The Side Effects of Celecoxib?

You might experience some mild side effects when taking celecoxib. These include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhoea
  • A mild rash
  • A cold
  • Swollen hands or feet

While the above side effects are relatively common, there are some serious side effects that, while they occur rarely, should be brought to the attention of a doctor:

  • Anaemia
  • Problems urinating
  • Signs of liver problems, e.g. jaundice
  • Stomach or intestinal bleeding - look out for blood in your poo

You should seek emergency medical assistance if you notice symptoms of a heart attack, stroke or allergic reaction. These are extremely rare in people taking celecoxib, but it’s important to be prepared for every possibility.

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Rashes are one potential side effect of celecoxib

Things to avoid

Celecoxib isn’t suitable for people who have/have had:

  • Asthma
  • A previous allergic reaction to NSAIDs
  • A history of heart, liver or kidney disease
  • A previous heart attack or stroke
  • A stomach ulcer

Long term use can increase your chances of having a heart attack or stroke, so you should never keep taking celecoxib after your doctor tells you to stop. You should never mix celecoxib with any other medication without speaking to a doctor first to confirm it’s safe.

Celecoxib and alcohol

Alcohol will increase your risk of stomach or intestinal bleeding, which is potentially a very serious problem. You should avoid alcohol while you’re taking celecoxib.

Is It Safe to Take Celecoxib During Pregnancy?

NSAIDs such as celecoxib are known to pose a risk to your baby during your third trimester, so you shouldn’t take this drug during this time. If you’re in your first or second trimester, or you’re not yet pregnant but are currently trying for a baby, you should tell your doctor before you’re prescribed any medication.

It’s believed that celecoxib can pass into breast milk, but it’s not known whether this will harm your baby. If you’re currently breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about the risks.

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Is it safe to take celecoxib while pregnant?

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Our doctors can help you find the correct drug to relieve your pain. While celecoxib has been very effective for many people, it’s important that you talk to a doctor and decide whether or not it’s right for you.


If needed, our doctors can write you up a prescription during your appointment and have it sent to your chosen pharmacy, allowing you to collect it quickly and easily.

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