Celecoxib is a medication that belongs to the class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is commonly sold under the brand name Celebrex. Medicine is primarily used to relieve pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. It can also be prescribed for the management of acute pain and menstrual cramps.

Drug Name: Celecoxib

Active Ingredient: Celebrex

Celecoxib capsules



Form: Capsule

Type: Generic

Prescription Required: Rx

Availability: In Stock

Celecoxib works by inhibiting the production of substances called prostaglandins, which are involved in pain and inflammation. By reducing the levels of these substances, Celecoxib helps to alleviate pain and swelling associated with various inflammatory conditions.

How to use

Here are some general guidelines on how to use Celecoxib:

  1. Read the medication guide: Carefully read the medication guide that comes with Celecoxib or provided by your pharmacist. It contains important information about the medication, including dosage instructions and potential side effects.
  2. Take as prescribed: Take Celecoxib exactly as prescribed. Do not take more or less than the recommended dose, and do not take it for a longer duration than prescribed.
  3. Take with or without food: Celecoxib can be taken with or without food. However, taking it with food may help reduce the risk of stomach upset.
  4. Swallow the capsule whole: Swallow the capsule whole with a full glass of water. Do not crush, chew, or open the capsule, as this can affect the medication's effectiveness and increase the risk of side effects.
  5. Maintain a regular schedule: Try to take Celecoxib at the same time(s) each day to maintain a consistent level of the medication in your system. This can help optimize its effectiveness.
  6. Do not exceed the recommended dosage: Taking higher doses can increase the risk of side effects without providing additional benefits.


Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Osteoarthritis: The usual recommended dosage for osteoarthritis is 200 mg taken orally once daily or 100 mg taken orally twice daily.
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis: The typical recommended dosage for rheumatoid arthritis is 100 mg to 200 mg taken orally twice daily.
  3. Ankylosing Spondylitis: The usual recommended dosage for ankylosing spondylitis is 200 mg taken orally once daily or 100 mg taken orally twice daily.
  4. Acute Pain or Menstrual Cramps: The initial recommended dosage for acute pain or menstrual cramps is 400 mg taken orally as a single dose, followed by an additional 200 mg if needed on the first day. After the initial dose, the recommended dosage is 200 mg taken orally twice daily as needed.

Side effects

Here are some common side effects associated with Celecoxib:

  1. Gastrointestinal Effects: Medicine can sometimes cause stomach upset, abdominal pain, indigestion, diarrhea, or nausea. In some cases, it may lead to more serious gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers or bleeding.
  2. Cardiovascular Effects: Celebrex, like other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may increase the risk of heart-related events such as heart attack or stroke. It is more likely to occur in individuals with pre-existing heart conditions or those taking higher doses for extended periods. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, slurred speech, or sudden vision changes.
  3. Allergic Reactions: Some individuals may have an allergic reaction to Celecoxib, characterized by rash, itching, swelling (especially of the face, tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing. If you experience these symptoms, seek immediate medical help.
  4. Other Side Effects: Other less common side effects of Celecoxib include headache, dizziness, fluid retention, high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver dysfunction, and allergic skin reactions.


Here are some general recommendations for storing Celecoxib:

  1. Temperature: Store medicine at room temperature, ideally between 68°F (20°C) and 77°F (25°C).
  2. Protect from moisture: Keep the medication in its original container with the lid tightly closed to protect it from moisture. Avoid storing it in areas of high humidity, such as the bathroom.
  3. Protect from light: Keep Celecoxib away from direct sunlight and strong artificial light. Store it in a cool, dry place, such as a cupboard or drawer.
  4. Keep out of reach of children and pets: Store Celecoxib in a secure location, out of the reach of children and pets. It is important to prevent accidental ingestion or misuse.
  5. Do not transfer to another container: Keep capsules in its original packaging or container provided by the pharmacist. Do not transfer the medication to another container unless specifically instructed to do so.
  6. Check expiration date: Regularly check the expiration date of Celecoxib and discard any expired medication. Expired medication may not be as effective and could potentially be harmful.

Always refer to the specific storage instructions provided on the medication packaging or consult your pharmacist for any additional storage requirements or precautions specific to your medication.


An overdose of Celecoxib can be dangerous and requires immediate medical attention. If you suspect an overdose or have taken more than the prescribed dose, take the following steps:

  1. Seek emergency medical assistance: Contact your local emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room immediately. Inform them about the situation and provide details of the medication and the amount you have taken.
  2. Do not induce vomiting: Do not try to induce vomiting. Vomiting may not effectively remove the medication from your system and could potentially cause harm.
  3. Follow medical advice: Once you receive medical assistance, follow the instructions provided by the healthcare professionals. They will assess your condition, monitor your vital signs, and administer any necessary treatments to manage the overdose.

It is important to note that symptoms of an overdose can vary and may include severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, difficulty breathing, or fainting. The severity of symptoms may depend on the amount of Celecoxib ingested and individual factors.

Missed Doses

If you miss a dose of Celecoxib, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.

It is important to try and take Celecoxib consistently at the same time(s) each day to maintain a steady level of the medication in your system and ensure its effectiveness.

top page