The recommended starting dosage for most people with rheumatoid arthritis is Celebrex 100 mg to 200 mg, twice a day.
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Celebrex is approved for treating juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children age two and older. For children weighing between 22 and 55 pounds, the recommended dose is 50 mg twice daily. For children weighing 55 pounds or more, the recommended Celebrex dose is 100 mg twice daily.
The recommended starting dose of Celebrex for most people with ankylosing spondylitis is 200 mg -- either once a day as a single dose or as 100 mg twice a day. After several weeks, if pain is still present, your healthcare provider may choose increase your dosage to 400 mg per day. If pain still does not improve, your healthcare provider may recommend other options for pain relief.
Acute Pain or Painful Menstruation
The recommended starting dosage for most people with acute pain or painful menstruation is Celebrex 400 mg, followed by another 200 mg, if needed, on the first day. After the first day, the recommended dose is 200 mg, twice a day, as needed.
People taking Celebrex should consider the following dosing recommendations:
- Celebrex can be taken at any time during the day. However, it should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your system.
- Your Celebrex dose can be taken with or without food. However, people taking 400 mg twice daily should take it with food.
- Do not break, chew, or crush the capsules. If necessary, you may open the capsules and sprinkle the contents on a spoonful of cool or room-temperature applesauce. This should be swallowed immediately and followed with water (although the medication is stable in the applesauce for up to six hours under refrigeration).
- For Celebrex to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
- It is important to take the lowest effective dose of Celebrex for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This can help decrease the risk of serious side effects.
- If you are unsure about your Celebrex dosage or anything else related to the drug, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking Celebrex without discussing it first with your healthcare provider.