Generic equivalents for Celebrex...What are generics?
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CELECOXIB (sell a KOX ib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine is used to treat arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. It may be also used for pain or painful monthly periods.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.Read more...
Celebrex® is a medication that helps to relieve mild to moderate pain and discomfort associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Celebrex® also helps to relieve mild to moderate pain associated with ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that settles in the spine, and pain associated with menstrual cramps and other painful conditions.
Celebrex® is a prescription medicine that works by reducing inflammation, swelling, and discomfort that occurs in some medical conditions.
All medicines that are considered NSAIDs, including Celebrex®, increase the chance of having a heart attack or stroke that can lead to serious medical problems including death. The chance of a serious side effect like a heart attack or stroke are even greater if you have any type of heart condition or heart disease, high blood pressure, or if you take Celebrex® or other NSAIDS for a long period of time.
NSAIDS, including Celebrex®, can cause skin reactions that can be serious and bleeding problems in your stomach and intestine. Skin reactions and bleeding problems caused by NSAIDS can also lead to death in some cases.
People that are elderly, have liver problems, kidney problems, or heart conditions, are at the greatest risk of developing a serious side effect. Taking Celebrex® along with certain medicines can also increase the risk of complications.
Take your prescribed dose of Celebrex® at about the same time every day. Drink a full glass of water with each dose and do not lie down immediately after taking the dose. If you have trouble swallowing the capsules, ask your pharmacist about proper ways to open the capsules and sprinkle the medicine on applesauce or other similar foods. Only open the amount needed for your dose.
Each prescription of Celebrex® comes with a printed medication guide. Always take time to read the medication information in the guide provided by your Canadian Prescription Referral Service to be sure you are reviewing the most recent information about your medicine.
A less expensive and safe generic alternative to Celebrex, known as celecoxib, may be available. By using a Canadian Prescription Referral Service, we can help you find a licensed Canadian or international pharmacy that can provide you with safe generic products and the best possible dollar savings. As an added safety measure, we recommend purchasing your medicines from a pharmacy that is a member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Visit a website called PharmacyChecker to locate licensed and credible pharmacies.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions: -asthma -coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery within the past 2 weeks -drink more than 3 alcohol-containing drinks a day -heart disease or circulation problems like heart failure or leg edema (fluid retention) -high blood pressure -kidney disease -liver disease -stomach bleeding or ulcers -an unusual or allergic reaction to celecoxib, sulfa drugs, aspirin, other NSAIDs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives -pregnant or trying to get pregnant -breast-feedingRead more...
Medical problems may affect the way Celebrex® works in your body. Your doctor needs to know about every medical condition or problem you have to determine the best treatment for you. Talk to your doctor about all your medical conditions even if you think they are not related to your arthritis or pain condition.
In addition to the above list, let your doctor know if you have ever had problems with medical conditions such as anemia, asthma, stomach ulcers or bleeding, swelling or fluid retention, or high blood pressure. Even if these conditions are not a problem for you now, your doctor may want to monitor your condition carefully for any past problems.
Although very rare, let your doctor know if you are aware of any genetic problems that involve how your body metabolizes medicines.
Talk to your doctor about any plans for medical or surgical procedures you have scheduled or may be considering.
As with most medicines, interactions with other substances, including medicines prescribed by other doctors, over-the-counter products, vitamins, herbal supplements, and even alcohol use, can be dangerous. Give your doctor a complete list of everything you take.
Before ordering Celebrex® from a Canadian Pharmacy Referral Service, be sure all your doctors and healthcare providers are aware that you are taking this medicine. Your doctors need to know in order to prevent possible serious interactions with other medicines and medical conditions.
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take it with food if it upsets your stomach or if you take 400 mg at one time. Try to not lie down for at least 10 minutes after you take the medicine. Take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take. Long-term, continuous use may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications: -cidofovir -methotrexate -other NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen -pemetrexed This medicine may also interact with the following medications: -alcohol -aspirin and aspirin-like drugs -diuretics -fluconazole -lithium -medicines for high blood pressure -steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone -warfarin
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.Read more...
Some NSAIDS are available without a prescription and should not be used with Celebrex®. Examples of NSAIDS that are available over-the-counter are listed here. Talk to your doctor if you are routinely taking a low dose of aspirin to be sure you should take both medicines together.
Prescription strength NSAIDS should not be taken with Celebrex®. Examples of NSAIDS that require a prescription are listed here. This is not a complete list.
- Voltaren (diclofenac sodium)
- Diflunisal (diflunisal)
- Lodine (etodolac)
- Indocin (indomethacin)
- Oruvail (ketoprofen)
- Mobic (meloxicam)
- Relafen (nabumetone)
- Clinoril (sulindac)
- Feldene (piroxicam)
- Toradol (ketoprofen)
- Daypro (oxaprozin)
Examples of medicines that may become stronger when combined with Celebrex® are listed here. This can mean that you may have side effects or an unwanted increase in the effect of the medication. Adding Celebrex® to some medicines can result in higher blood levels that can cause serious and possibly life-threatening changes.
- Coumadin (warfarin sodium)
- Eskalith (lithium carbonate)
- Prograf (tacrolimus)
- Amaryl (glimepiride)
- Abilify (aripiprazole)
Some medicines can have a decrease in their effectiveness when taken along with Celebrex®. Your dose of medicine may need to be adjusted to provide for the best results once you have started a prescription of Celebrex®. Some examples are listed here.
- Lasix (furosemide)
- Hydrodiuril (hydrochlorothiazide)
- Nolvadex (tamoxifen citrate)
- Altace (ramipril)
- Vasotec (enalapril maleate)
Examples of medicines that may increase your blood levels of Celebrex® are listed here. This can mean that your Celebrex® dose may need to be adjusted downward in some people.
- Diflucan (fluconazole)
- Lopid (gemfibrozil)
- Accolate (zafirlukast)
- Cordarone (amiodarone hydrochloride)
Do not change your medicines or doses on your own. If you are concerned that you may be taking medicines that can interact, check with your doctor to be sure both medicines are necessary for you. Never stop or change your prescribed medicines on your own.
Some drug interactions can be life-threatening. Other interactions can cause unwanted side effects or make the medicines more or less effective. Sometimes drug interactions can cause a medicine to exceed safe levels in the blood, similar to taking an overdose. This can happen all at once or gradually over time. A drug interaction happens when one drug causes another drug to change how it works in the body.
Many processes are at work in your body that handle drugs. Interactions can happen at different places and for different reasons. Some processes involve how your gut absorbs the medicine, others involve the way your liver works to alter medicines. Some interactions occur at the exact place in your body where the drugs connect to do their job, and others involve changes with the way the drug is eliminated from your body.
Celebrex® is no exception. There are many medicines that interact with the active ingredient found in Celebrex®. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure you are not taking drugs that interact.
If you have a new drug added to your existing list of medications, be sure to ask your pharmacist to check it against all your other medicines.
The pharmacists that fill your prescription online through a Canadian Pharmacy Referral Service need a complete list of your medicines. This includes all prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, supplements, and herbal products you use. For your safety, the pharmacists will check your current medicines along with any new medicines you are ordering for any possible drug interactions.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your pain does not get better. Talk to your doctor before taking another medicine for pain. Do not treat yourself. This medicine does not prevent heart attack or stroke. In fact, this medicine may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The chance may increase with longer use of this medicine and in people who have heart disease. If you take aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, talk with your doctor or health care professional. Do not take medicines such as ibuprofen and naproxen with this medicine. Side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, or ulcers may be more likely to occur. Many medicines available without a prescription should not be taken with this medicine. This medicine can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. Ulcers and bleeding can happen without warning symptoms and can cause death.Read more...
As with any new medicine, watch for signs of an allergic reaction. Symptoms can include swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing, tightening of the chest, and a skin rash, itching, and hives.
Stop taking the medicine and call 911 or emergency medical help if you experience signs of an allergic reaction.
Stop taking the medicine and contact your doctor immediately if you develop any changes in your skin. Watch for blisters, loosened or peeling areas of skin, red skin lesions, itching, or rashes. Other signs that you might be developing a serious skin reaction include sores in the mouth area or on the lips, coughing, chills, fever, diarrhea, or feeling unusually tired or weak.
Watch for other possible side effects that can be caused by taking Celebrex®. Let your doctor know immediately if you develop black or tarry stools, changes in your urine, unusual bleeding or bruising, weight gain, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, vomiting up substance that looks like coffee grounds, or yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Stop the medicine and seek emergency medical care if you develop any signs of a heart attack or stroke. Symptoms may include chest pain or tightness, difficulty breathing, pain in your arm, changes in your heart rate, flushing or warmth of your skin, dizziness or feeling lightheaded, weakness, sudden headache, difficulty talking or understanding what others are saying, or sudden changes in your vision.
Read the patient information leaflet that comes with every prescription of Celebrex®. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if the information contained in the leaflet is not clear or if you have any questions.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible: -allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue -black or bloody stools, blood in the urine or vomit -blurred vision -breathing problems -chest pain -nausea, vomiting -problems with balance, talking, walking -redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth -unexplained weight gain or swelling -unusually weak or tired -yellowing of eyes, skin Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): -constipation or diarrhea -dizziness -gas or heartburn -upset stomach
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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