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Celecoxib (Generic Celebrex)
What Is Celecoxib?
Celecoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) physicians prescribe to treat mild to moderate pain and to relieve arthritis. The medication is in the same group of drugs as naproxen and ibuprofen, which have similar effects.
Celecoxib goes by the brand name Celebrex. It is also an ingredient in the combination drug, Consensi, which contains amlodipine, a blood pressure-lowering medication.
How Does Celecoxib Work?
Celecobix blocks cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), an enzyme that converts arachidonic acid into prostaglandin, an inflammatory molecule. By preventing the action of this enzyme, celecoxib reduces inflammation, lowering pain in patients.
Celecoxib begins to work within a few hours of the first dose. Blocking the action of COX-2 stops the production of new inflammatory signaling molecules, which can result in reduced pain and swelling on the same day. However, the full effects of the medication may not be evident until after one to two weeks of daily administration.
What Is Celecoxib Used For?
Because of its powerful anti-inflammatory effects, physicians regularly prescribe Celecoxib for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The drug can treat inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. However, it cannot cure arthritis because it does not address the underlying causes.
Some physicians also prescribe oral celecoxib for migraines and menstrual cramps. However, it cannot prevent these conditions.
You cannot get celecoxib in the U.S. without a prescription, but you can get similar painkillers, like naproxen and ibuprofen, over the counter.
What Are the Side Effects of Celecoxib?
The common side effects of celecoxib are:
- Stomach pain
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Irritation of the sinus, nose, or throat
Serious side effects of taking the drug may include:
- Cardiovascular problems
- Gastrointestinal bleeding or ulceration
- Kidney function impairment
- Severe allergic reactions
Note, that the list above is not exhaustive. Patients should discuss all of the possible side effects of celecoxib with their doctor before taking the medication.
Long-term use of celecoxib can cause gastrointestinal bleeding in some people. Pale skin or bloody stools could indicate an unfavorable reaction to the drug.
Bleeding can occur because of NSAIDs’ effects on platelets in the blood that cause clots. Preventing them from clotting increases the risk of bleeding in the stomach, intestines, and colon.
If you experience any of these effects, consult with your doctor immediately. Most side effects will go away by themselves, but others may require a change in medication. If you have any signs of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing seek medical attention immediately.
How to Take Celecoxib?
Patients typically take celecoxib by mouth once or twice daily, following their doctor’s prescription. Tablets come in capsule or pill form and are swallowed whole with water.
Medical professionals often recommend taking celecoxib with food if you are taking a high dose. Eating and taking pills at the same time can reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disturbances.
You can take celecoxib with water in the morning or evening. If you need to take two tablets daily, doctors usually recommend separating these by 12 hours. The dosage you receive will depend on your medical condition and individual needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Celecoxib
What to Avoid While Taking Celecoxib?
Things you should avoid while taking celecoxib include:
- Alcohol – The combination of alcohol and celecoxib can increase the risk of stomach ulcers, bleeding, or liver problems.
- Certain medications – Consult your healthcare provider for guidance on potential interactions if you are taking other medication.
- High doses – Do not exceed the recommended dose, as higher doses are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events.
This list above isn’t exhaustive. It’s important to speak with your doctor before taking Celecoxib to discuss any potential interactions and the correct dosage for your individual needs.
Also, avoid doing any heavy physical activity or activities that require a higher level of mental alertness or coordination before you know how the drug affects you.
Celecoxib is also generally not recommended for pregnant women. Speak to your doctor if you are pregnant and considering taking Celecoxib.
Is Celecoxib Safe?
Generally, Celecoxib is considered to be a safe and effective medication for treating pain and inflammation caused by arthritis when used as prescribed by a healthcare provider.
However, there are certain risks associated with taking the medication and the safety and efficacy of the medication will ultimately depend on a variety of factors including the individual patient’s health status, the presence of other medical conditions, other medications being taken, and the duration and dose of the treatment.
So be sure to talk to your doctor about all possible risks and side effects before taking Celecoxib. This will help ensure that you are making an informed decision about whether or not it is the right medication for you.
How Long Does It Take for Celecoxib to Work?
The exact time it takes for celecoxib to work can vary based on individual patient factors, the dose taken, and the condition being treated.
Generally, you may start to feel relief from pain and inflammation within a few hours after taking the medication. The full anti-inflammatory effects might not be apparent until after a few days to a couple of weeks of regular use.
What Is the Typical Dosage for Celecoxib?
The dosage of celecoxib varies depending on the medical condition being treated and individual patient factors like age, weight, and other health conditions.
For most forms of arthritis, the typical starting dose will be around 100 mg to 200 mg taken once or twice daily. For other conditions, the dosage can be as high as 400mg.
Make sure to follow the specific instructions from your doctor for taking celecoxib. Don’t take more or less than prescribed, as this could result in a dangerous reaction.
Can You Get Celecoxib Over-The-Counter (OTC)?
Celecoxib is not available over-the-counter in the United States and must be prescribed by a healthcare provider.
Can I Get Celecoxib Online?
Yes, you can get a Celecoxib prescription online through DrHouse. Our US-licensed physicians can assess your condition and provide you with a prescription for Celecoxib if deemed appropriate.
For more detailed information about celecoxib, you can refer to the following sources:
- Celebrex prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Celecoxib, MedlinePlus.
- Celecoxib, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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Frequently asked questions
Can I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.