Celebrex® (celecoxib) is a prescription medication used to treat pain and inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis and severe menstrual periods. It is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and works by blocking a specific enzyme that causes a person to feel pain and inflammation.
Every medication presents risks, and Celebrex is no exception. For example, some people may experience side effects when taking this drug, such as high blood pressure, diarrhea, or heartburn. Potentially serious reactions are also possible, such as cardiovascular problems, kidney problems, or allergic reactions.
In addition, some people taking Celebrex have a higher risk of problems occurring than others. For example, people who already have a history of hypertension, congestive heart failure, or ulcers may be more likely to experience significant reactions to this drug.
In order to minimize your risk, prior to taking Celebrex, tell your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking -- even nonprescription ones -- and provide a complete medical history. This will ensure that you are taking the most appropriate medication for your unique situation.
(Click Celebrex Side Effects and Celebrex Precautions and Warnings to learn more about problems associated with the use of this drug and safety concerns to be aware of during treatment.)