Celebrex (Celecoxib) for Rheumatoid Arthritis | myRAteam

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Celebrex is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)to treat pain, fever, and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Celebrex does not prevent joint damage or slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Celebrex is also referred to by its drug name, Celecoxib.

Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs help reduce fever, pain, and inflammation. Celebrex is believed to work by inhibiting the production of chemicals that promote inflammation in the body.

How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Celebrex is taken orally as a capsule once or twice daily. Your doctor should monitor your blood pressure regularly while you are taking Celebrex.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Celebrex lists common side effects including abdominal pain, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence, edema (swelling), accidental injury resulting from dizziness, sore throat, fever, sinus inflammation, respiratory tract infection, and rash.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Celebrex include liver damage, high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney damage, severe allergic reactions, severe skin reactions, fetal harm, and low red blood cell counts.

The risk of side effects from NSAIDs increases the longer you take them.

For more details about this treatment, visit:

Celebrex — Viatris

Celecoxib (Celebrex) — Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center

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