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Anyone taking Celebrex?

wally2wwally2 Posts: 75
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Pain Medications
I have recently been prescribed Celebrex by my spine specialist to take me away from Tramadol, as he was concerned I was getting too used to them. I have read many horror stories about the dangers of Celebrex and contacted my pharmacist and doctor to obtain more info.

They said since I was only prescribed 200 MG 1x a day, it was not dangerous compared to people taking 400 to 600 MG. This medication cost $106.00 for thirty pills and is covered by my employer, not work comp. per se.

Is there anyone who has had any adverse symptoms related to this medication?


  • I've been taking it for almost a month now. No adverse effects so far. It helps with my leg pain, but not as well as the prednisone my NS wanted me off of.
  • i tried it a while back ,just didnt do the job and i didnt like how it made me feel,needed to be on my toes as a tankeryanker too,got in trouble if opiates found in bloodwork,so i had to try some thing new,ohh well
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  • I was prescribed this but unfortunately it made my heart beat really fast so I had to go off of it. Since I wasn't on it any longer than a day, I can't tell you whether it works or not! I don't mean to scare you by the way, i just sure hope it works for ya!
  • Hey Ranchhand are you saying that with the celebrex it showed up in your drug screen test as an opian derivitive? I haven't been called up for a drug screen test in awhile. Maybe I need to bring my script in if I do.
  • There is controversy on risk of stroke & cardiovascular history of any COX-2 inhibitor, with Vioxx and Bextra being most noted. I would be more concerned if I had a family history of heart disease or stroke, but like any medication its a risk-benefit ratio. Even OTC meds like Aleve (naprosyn), ibuprofen, acetaminophen have side effects and toxicity - I had a friend almost die from a GI bleed from Aleve. I think patients should be presented as much known information as possible about a drug, and then be given the choice whether the benefits in improved quality of life of that drug where personally worth the risk, and sign a consent that they acknowledge the risks. I personally would take a 2-4% risk of heart attack or stroke if Vioxx were to be available again - it worked great for me on athletic sprains and aches and would probably work on my back. If you could choose between 20 year of pain-free life vs. 40 years of life in pain which would you choose?
  • Thanks for the reply, I guess it's better than being on strong med's. I haven't noticed any sdie effects and the low dosage has some effect on the pain but not as much as I'd like. 8)
  • I have been on Celebrex since it came out 9 or 10 years ago. I was in the after market clinical trials. It does wonders for the arthritis in my hands and knees!

    I have to go off it before every epidural and for a couple months after every surgery. I can really tell the difference in the inflammation in my hands when I am off it.

    If you have no risk of heart problems, give it a while to work and see if it does for you. For me it takes about 3 weeks after I start taking it again to get the full benefit. I am down to 200 mg a day (was on 400) since I use the Flector patch on my back now. That is also an option (though expensive) - really reduces the swelling for me.

    And don't be afraid to ask for the free samples from your doctor! Good luck!
  • Arcoxia, which is a Cox-2 inhibitor NSAID like Celebrex was my wonder pain drug. Not cheap tho, but very effective.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • Ranchhand- I have the same question Why would Celebrex come up as an opioid? Celebrex is a NSAID and is a Cox-2 inhibitor because it doesn't irritate the GI system. I would like to know where you heard that from because I am going to be applying for a job in a couple of months and would hate for that to come up on a drug test.
  • Not Celebrex, but I have found in moderate usage Nsaids for me don't work.

    1. Indomethacin was used during my gout attack 50mg x 2 daily and it didn't even reduce the swelling after 30 days of usage.

    2. Aleve, actually worked better especially when combined with the Norcos.Got heartburn in the end so I use sparinglyif at all.

    3. Mobic is next to try, but my faith is not too high for this class of drugs.
  • but my dad is on this for his low back pain. He has an extra vertebra that causes him so much pain that it kept him out of the miliary draft in the 60's. He swears by it! He went off of it for a while b/c it was interferring with his blood pressure medication. He endured a few weeks of agonizing pain before his doctor tweaking things and he was able to go back on it. He hasn't mentioned any nasty side effects. For him it is a lifesaver!

    Everyone is so different and it is so hard to base another person's experience with a medication to try and expect an outcome for you. But it is still nice to talk with others who have taken it to see with the experiences have been.
  • I took Celebrex for my "Pick a Joint" arthritis and loved it. It helped control the aches and pains and did not upset my stomach. I had to come off of it because I outgrew it. I am one of those who have to change meds every 2-3 years because I build up a tolerance. Can't wait until they will let something besides pain meds control the bad joints.
  • I have just changed to Celebrex from the other NSAID (feldene)that I was taking since Vioxx went off the market.
    I found that with Feldene I had such bad indigestion and was taking 2 other drugs to help my stomach.
    WIth the celebrex I dont need them any longer, and I have found no other side effects but have only been on them for about 10 weeks.
    SO far so good.

    Blessings Sara
  • I have been taking Celebrex for months at a time ever since they took Vioxx off the market. Have been on it the last 4 months straight at 200-400mg a day.

    No side effects
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Ive been taking celebrex for years. because my doc. says the other nsaids are too hard on your somach. It is a nsaid not an opiode. It really dose't domuch more than thre asprins.
    good luck, Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • I take Celebrex -- but with Aciphex as I developed duodenal ulcers from taking nsaids (advil like drugs). But -- you can take any over the counter type drug like prilosec with it -- not just a prescription like aciphex. I would ask your physician if he would recommend that just to be safe.

    I had pain in my liver area for years, but no h. pylori (some ulcer bacteria) and no other stomach ulcer signs. Finally severe anemia showed up in pre-admission bloodwork for an un-related surgery and it was found that I had very severe internal bleeding from 40 duodenal ulcers from taking advil! I was only taking a couple maybe a few times a week for back pain or muscle aches! So -- you might have a hidden sensitivity and better safe than sorry! Not to scare you or anything -- just trying to help! :)

    But -- I take the Celebrex to help with L1/L2 pain and joint pain as a side effect from Topamax for a crushed nerve. It works wonders and I would be lost without it! So much more helpful than the Tramadol for that type of pain! Best of luck to you!
  • I tried it on 3 different occasions. Once for a month when I was first told herniated disc and DDD. It worked ok. Not much better than Advil. 2nd time was after prednisone until surgery. It was useless and upset my stomach. Stopped taking it. After the MVA when my back got upset we tried it again only double dose. Worse on stomach and not better than Advil.

    Doctor switched me to Daypro. Generic Oxaprozin. I tolerate that much better. It works better than Advil. Side effect is when mixed with Lyrica makes me want to nap.Once this refill us done I will probably just go back to Advil.

    My mom was on Celebrex for years. She is off it now. Whenever asked if it helped she said yes. Then when asked how her arthritis in her knee felt. She said bad. She took the pill for years because her doctor kept on filling the RX.
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