September 2, 2014
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Celebrex

(celecoxib)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02239941 CELEBREX 100MG CAPSULE
02239942 CELEBREX 200MG CAPSULE

How does Celebrex work? What will it do for me?

Celecoxib belongs to the group of medications called selective COX-2 inhibitor nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs work by reducing a substance in the body that leads to inflammation and pain. By this action, it relieves pain and reduces swelling and inflammation. It is used to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and rheumatoid arthritis in adults.

It is also used to treat moderate to severe pain for a short-term period (less than 7 days), such as pain due to surgery, sprains, or tooth extractions.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Celebrex?

The amount of celecoxib and how long it is taken varies according to the condition being treated. It should be used at the lowest dose possible to achieve pain relief.

Osteoarthritis: The usual recommended daily dose is 200 mg taken as a single dose or as 100 mg twice daily.

Ankylosing spondylitis: The usual recommended daily dose is 200 mg taken as a single dose or as 100 mg twice daily.

Rheumatoid arthritis: The usual recommended starting dose is 100 mg twice daily. This may be increased to 200 mg twice daily as directed by your doctor.

Moderate to severe pain: The usual recommended dose is 400 mg as a single dose on the first day, followed by 200 mg once daily. Treatment should not exceed 7 days. The maximum recommended dose is 400 mg a day.

Celecoxib may be taken with or without food.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Celebrex come in?

100 mg
Each white to off white hard gelatin capsule, with blue ink band on body marked in white with "100" and with blue ink band on cap marked in white with "7767", contains 100 mg of celecoxib. Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, povidone, and sodium lauryl sulfate; shell: edible ink (indigotine [E132]), gelatin, and titanium dioxide (E171).

200 mg
Each white to off-white hard gelatin capsule, with gold ink band on body marked in white with "200" and with gold ink band on cap marked in white with "7767", contains 200 mg of celecoxib. Nonmedicinal ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, povidone, and sodium lauryl sulfate; shell: edible ink (ferric oxide [E172]), gelatin, and titanium dioxide (E171).

Who should NOT take Celebrex?

Celecoxib should not be taken by anyone who:

  • is allergic to celecoxib or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • is allergic to sulfonamides (sulfa medications; e.g., sulfamethoxazole)
  • is breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed
  • is in the third trimester of pregnancy (28 weeks or more)
  • is planning to have or recently had open heart surgery
  • has an active stomach or intestinal ulcer or active gastrointestinal (stomach and intestines) bleeding
  • has bleeding in the brain
  • has experienced asthma, hives, or allergic-type reactions after taking acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) or other NSAIDs (e.g., naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, meloxicam)
  • has high blood potassium levels
  • has inflammatory bowel disease
  • has severe, uncontrolled heart failure
  • has severely impaired kidney function or kidney function that is getting worse
  • has severely impaired liver function or active liver disease

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