Celebrex – uses, health risks, and side effects at NaturalPedia.com

Thursday, August 23, 2018 by

Celebrex (Generic name: celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID); that is, a drug used to reduce inflammation and pain.

Celebrex is classified as a COX-2 inhibitor, a drug that blocks the production of certain pro-inflammatory enzymes, and is used to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also prescribed to relieve moderate or severe cases of acute pain, such as that from surgery, sprains, or tooth extractions.

The use of Celebrex is discouraged if a person is:

  • allergic to celecoxib or sulfonamides
  • breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
  • in her third trimester of pregnancy (28 weeks or more)
  • just finished with a heart surgery (or planning to have one)
  • prone to gastrointestinal bleeding
  • diagnosed with a peptic ulcer, an inflammatory bowel disease, or impaired kidney function
  • experiencing bleeding in the brain, allergic-type reactions, or heart failure

Known health risks or side effects of Celebrex

The following are common side effects of Celebrex:

  • Gastrointestinal pain, as well as indigestion and diarrhea
  • Swelling in the hands and feet
  • Dizziness
  • Cold-like symptoms

Discontinue use and consult with a healthcare professional if you experience:

  • A skin rash, no matter how mild
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling or unexplained weight gain
  • Signs of stomach bleeding
  • Liver or kidney problems
  • Anemia
  • Severe skin reactions

Seek emergency medical help if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Signs of a severe allergic reaction – sneezing, runny or stuffy nose; wheezing or trouble breathing; hives; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Symptoms of a heart attack or stroke – chest pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, feeling short of breath

Body systems that might be affected by Celebrex

The side effects of Celebrex affect the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems. In addition, they can affect the blood, skin, liver, eyes, and kidneys.

Food items or nutrients that have similar effects to Celebrex

There are foods known to have similar effects to NSAIDs such as Celebrex without the adverse side effects. These include turmeric, Boswellia, and ginger.

Treatments, management options which are similar to Celebrex

Some natural treatments that are similar to Celebrex include:

  • Weight management – a key factor in managing arthritis of the knees
  • Exercise – reduces pain and improves joint function; in particular, weight-bearing exercise and water-based activities are good options
  • Acupuncture – can be used to relieve pain and improve function

Where to learn more

Summary

Celebrex is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Celebrex is also used to relieve moderate or severe cases of acute pain.

The use of Celebrex is discouraged if a person is pregnant women, has just completed heart surgery, or is prone to internal bleeding.

Celebrex can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Celebrex affects the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.

Turmeric, Boswellia, and ginger are great alternatives to Celebrex.

Natural treatments that are similar to Celebrex include weight management, exercise, and acupuncture.

Sources include:

MedBroadcast.com

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