The prescription drug Celebrex® (celecoxib) is generally well tolerated, but dangerous side effects have been known to occur, including:
- Cardiovascular problems, including heart attack or stroke
- Stomach or intestinal problems, including bleeding or ulcers
- Liver damage
- Kidney problems
- Allergic reactions.
Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you develop any of these problems. To help ensure your safety, let your healthcare provider know if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Bleeding problems (or are taking blood-thinning medication)
- Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of these problems
- Any allergies to medicines, including sulfa drugs, aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant, recovering from heart surgery, or drink alcohol frequently.
To reduce the risk of potentially dangerous problems, all doses of Celebrex should be reduced by 50 percent for people with moderate liver problems. People with severe liver problems should avoid this drug completely.
(To learn more about the dangers associated with Celebrex, click Celebrex Side Effects or Celebrex Precautions and Warnings.)