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Posts Tagged ‘Celebrex’

Celebrex

Celebrex

Celebrex may provide temporary pain relief for the symptoms associated with knee osteoarthritis but it is not a cure.  Once you stop taking the drugs, the pain will return.  And during your brief reprieve from knee pain there is a good chance your digestive tract will suffer.

It has been reported in patients taking Celebrex that:

  • 3.5% to 9.09% experienced nausea
  • 7.32% to 10.4% experienced upper abdominal pain
  • 2.8% to 8.8% experienced dyspepsia (indigestion)
  • 4.9% – 10.5% experienced diarrhea
  • 4.7% experienced gastroesophageal reflux
  • 2.3% experienced flatulence

“Constipation, diverticulitis, dry mouth, dysphagia, eructation, esophagitis, gastritis, gastroenteritis, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernia, melena, stomatitis, tenesmus, tooth disorder, intestinal obstruction, intestinal perforation, GI bleeding, colitis with bleeding, esophageal perforation, pancreatitis, cholelithiasis, and ileus have been reported in less than 2% of the patients.”

Serious gastrointestinal toxicity has been reported in people using Celebrex and could possibly be linked to some deaths.



Celebrex

Celebrex

Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a treatment option for the symptoms associated with knee osteoarthritis.  It is a capsule taken by mouth usually once or twice per day.

The most common side effects of Celebrex are constipation, diarrhea, gas, headaches, heartburn, nausea, sore throat, upset stomach, and stuffy nose.

However severe allergic reactions have also been reported.  Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Celebrex:

Rashes, hives, itching, breathing difficulty, tightness in the chest, swelling (mouth, face, lips, or tongue), bloody, black, or tarry stools, change in the amount of urine produced, chest pain, confusion, dark urine, depression, fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat, fever, chills, or persistent sore throat, hearing loss, mental or mood changes, numbness of an arm or leg, one-sided weakness, red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin, ringing in the ears, seizures, severe headache or dizziness, severe or persistent stomach pain, vomiting, ; sudden or unexplained weight gain, swelling of hands, legs, or feet, unusual bruising or bleeding, unusual joint or muscle pain, unusual tiredness or weakness, vision or speech changes, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, and yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Ask yourself if the risk is worth the reward.



Celebrex

Celebrex

116,00 patients takings non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were studied by The British Journal of Medicine.  This recent publication states that taking certain medications, like celecoxib, will increase the risk of cardiovascular events in patients, especially as the dosage increases.  Celecoxib is sold as Celebrex by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

Pfizer is the world’s largest drug maker.  In 2004 Pfizer spent $117 Million in advertising Celebrex.  In 2005 the FDA forced a moratorium on Pfizer’s advertising efforts of Celebrex because of the cardiovascular risks.  Sales of Celebrex plummeted by $1.7 BILLION.  Four months later the advertising ban was lifted.

Now Pfizer must print that “Celebrex may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke that can lead to death” on every box sold.   Consumer groups have launched campaigns in magazines that Pfizer should be forced to stop selling Celebrex, not encouraging people to use it.

So why have you never heard of treating knee osteoarthritis with a knee brace?  Because the companies that manufacture them are small.  They cannot compete with big pharma.  Pfizer spent $117 million on advertising one single drug in 2004.  The companies that manufacture braces to treat osteoarthritis measure their advertising budgets in the tens of thousands.  Billions and billions of dollars are spent annually to treat osteoarthritis.  Half of one percent of that money is spent on bracing.

Talk to your doctor, do your homework, and try conservative treatments for your knee OA.  There are much safer options than drugs.  NSAIDs kill.  Knee braces do not.