Celebrex is a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is prescribed for pain relief from arthritis and acute pain due to injury. Celebrex or generic Celecoxib is a newer form of NSAID called a selective COX-2 inhibitor. Most other NSAIDs also affect the COX-1 (cyclo-oxygenase) enzyme which can cause gastrointestinal problems. If you are experiencing the pain of osteo or rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor can recommend a prescription for Celebrex to reduce the risk of stomach irritation while delivering relief from painful, swollen, inflamed joints by blocking the production of inflammation-causing chemicals in your body called prostaglandins. These chemicals are called into action by your immune system when there is an injury or threat to cause harm. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
The benefit of taking Celebrex is that it only works on the COX-2 enzymes while leaving the COX-1 enzyme to keep functioning to protect the mucus lining of your stomach. This decreases your risk of ulcers and other gastrointestinal side effects. However, some patients taking Celebrex may develop stomach problems with its prolonged use. It’s important to talk with your doctor if you are going to require long-term pain relief from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as there is no cure for these disorders, only treatments such as Celebrex.
Conditions Treated by Celebrex
Osteoarthritis can develop as a part of the aging process, repeated injuries from work or sports, being overweight, or genetics. It is a joint disease that causes the break-down of cartilage and overgrown bone. Without cartilage to allow your joints to glide easily, your bones begin to rub against each other and cause extremely painful movements.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic and disabling disease that is caused by your own immune system attacking bone and tissue in your body. Nobody is certain why this happens, but it is as if your immune system cannot switch off and it mistakes parts of your own body as a threat. Prostaglandins are sent to contain the foreign intruder by causing inflammation and swelling that destroys healthy cartilage and bone. Arthritis pain can stop you from enjoying your daily routine and cause such pain that you become unable to perform simple tasks.
Before You Take Celebrex
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding before taking Celebrex as it may be harmful to your developing or nursing baby. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies you have with your doctor and list any OTC and Rx drugs you are taking, including herbal remedies and vitamin supplements to be certain Celebrex is safe for you to take.
Warnings for Celebrex
Your doctor can explain the benefits and the risks of taking Celebrex as a long-term medication to keep your pain under control. Elderly people may be at a higher risk for a heart attack or stroke when taking Celebrex for an indefinite period of time. Take Celebrex with food or milk to reduce any stomach upset. Your skin may be more sensitive to exposure to sunlight while taking Celebrex so wear appropriate clothing and use an SPF 30 or higher.
Possible Side Effects of Celebrex
· Back pain
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