Celebrex Overdose

In clinical studies, no serious problems were reported when large doses of Celebrex were given. Therefore, it is not clear what to expect from an overdose of Celebrex. Problems that have been reported with overdoses of similar medications include drowsiness, internal bleeding, and lethargy, among others. If you take too much, be sure to seek immediate medical attention.

Celebrex Overdose: An Overview

Celebrex® (celecoxib) is a prescription medication commonly used for the treatment of arthritis symptoms, painful menstrual periods, and acute pain (such as that following a medical procedure or muscle strain). It belongs to a group of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). As with any medication, it is possible to take too much Celebrex. However, it is not exactly clear what to expect from a Celebrex overdose. It is likely that the specific effects of an overdose would vary, depending on a number of factors, such as the Celebrex dosage and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.

Effects of an Overdose

In studies, giving a very large Celebrex dosage (up to 2400 mg daily for up to 10 days) did not cause serious problems. However, problems known to occur with overdoses of NSAIDs include:
  • Lethargy
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Upper chest pain
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney failure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coma.

Treatment for an Overdose of Celebrex

If the overdose was recent, a healthcare provider may "pump the stomach" or administer certain medications to induce vomiting. Dialysis is not expected to be useful for removing Celebrex from the blood. Treatment also may involve supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For example, supportive treatment options for people who take too much Celebrex may include:
  • Careful monitoring of the heart, blood pressure, and breathing
  • Fluids through an intravenous line (IV)
  • Other treatments based on complications that occur.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you may have overdosed on Celebrex.
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