Celebrex is the brand name of the drug Celecoxib. Celecoxib belongs to the class of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Celebrex is mainly used to reduce pain and inflammation in diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, painful menstruation, osteoarthritis, etc. but it can also be used in treating headaches particularly those associated with migraine.
Although Celebrex is used in treating headaches, it is not considered as a first-line pharmaceutical agent to treat headaches. NSAIDs like Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac, etc are generally preferred in the management of headaches.
Additionally, Celebrex can also be used in individuals with a family history of familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) as it can reduce the risk of colorectal adenomas. The role of Celebrex in psychiatric conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia is also being researched as these conditions have an underlying inflammatory process and Celebrex is effective in reducing inflammation (McCormack, P.L., 2011. Celecoxib).
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Scientfic Study on Celebrex
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What are the Contraindications?
Celebrex is contraindicated (not given) in pregnant females and women who are breastfeeding.
Celebrex is also not given in patients with a past history of stroke, in individuals taking blood thinners like aspirin as it might increase the risk of bleeding and can potentially be fatal.
In individuals who have had any allergic reactions to NSAIDs in the past, Celebrex is not preferred.
There is increasing evidence of the use of Celebrex and increased risk of cardiovascular accidents hence it should not be given in individuals with any ongoing cardiovascular diseases or past history of cardiovascular accidents.
Side effects of celebrex
The most common side effects encountered with the use of Celebrex are gastrointestinal complaints like diarrhea and flatulence. Other side effects which can be seen are:
- Flu-like symptoms
- difficulty in breathing
In some cases, gastrointestinal bleeding and perforation can also occur with Celebrex just like with other non-selective NSAIDs (Stollberger, C. and Finsterer, J., 2004).