Celebrex is used for relieving fever, pain, tenderness and swelling that is cause by either osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. While Celebrex does not prevent these types of arthritis from progressing, it does reduce their signs and symptoms. This medication has also been approved in treating patients who have FAP and have not had their colon removed. It is also approved for relieving acute pain, including the pain that is caused by primary dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramping).
It is important that a patient uses the lowest effective dosage. Of course, this medication can be used for managing a variety of things, including:
1.When being used for managing osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, a patient should take either 100mg taken twice a day or a single dosage of 200 mg each day.
2.If you are taking this medication for acute pain or menstrual cramps, then you should take 400 mg the first day, then 200 mg twice a day as necessary.
3.Those who are using this medication to treat FAP should take 400 mg twice a day.
While this medication is a NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), it differs from other NSAIDs in that it causes less inflammation and irritation of the stomach, plus it also does not interfere with the blood's clotting. It is used for treating pain, arthritis, colon polyps and menstrual cramps, as well as reducing the size of polyps in patients who have FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis) and aiding in severe menstrual pain and cramping. This medication is also able to block concentrations of prostaglandins (the chemicals that greatly contribute to the inflammation of arthritis and thus leads to pain, fever, swelling and tenderness) and thus reduce their affects.
When you miss a dosage, make sure that you take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time when you should be taking your next dosage, then make sure that you skip the dosage that you missed and just continue on with your regular schedule. You should never take a double dose of this medication unless your doctor has advised you to do otherwise.