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Celebrex (Celecoxibis)Celebrex (Celecoxibis) a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in adults. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

How to Take Celebrex
Celebrex can be taken with or without food at any time of the day. 200 mg daily or 100 mg twice daily is the usual dosage. While patients with rheumatoid arthritis should start with these dosages, some patients with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from dosage of 200 mg twice daily.

The maximum daily dose should not exceed 200 mg twice daily. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions you may have about Celebrex.

Side Effects
Diarrhea, indigestion, mild stomach pain, gas, nausea, or headache are common side effects associated with taking Celebrex. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience swelling of face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions
Before using Celebrex, it's important to inform your physician about all the medicines you use, both prescription and nonprescription medications.

Do not take Celebrex if you have had a severe reaction to aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin or to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as Feldene, Motrin, Naprosyn, Clinoril). Do not take Celebrex if you have had a severe reaction to a sulfonamide antibiotic (Septra DS, Bactrim DS, Gantrisin). A severe reaction includes a severe rash, hives, breathing difficulties, or dizziness.

If you have a question about whether you are allergic to Celebrex, contact your doctor or pharmacist. If you experience difficulty breathing; tightness of chest; swelling of eyelids, face, or lips; or if you develop a rash or hives, tell your doctor immediately. Do not take any more doses of Celebrex unless your doctor tells you to do so.

For women: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits and risks of using Celebrex during pregnancy with your doctor. It is unknown if Celebrex is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast feed while taking Celebrex.

Missed Dose
If you miss a dose of Celebrex, do not double the next dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.

Do not share this medication with others. Keep Celebrex (Celecoxibis) and all medications out of the reach of children.

This information regarding Celebrex is intended to supplement, not substitute the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of Celebrex is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using Celebrex.

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