celecoxib (oral) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking celecoxib (Celebrex)?
Do not use celecoxib just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
This medicine may cause life-threatening heart or circulation problems such as heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term.
This medicine may also cause serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning while you are taking celecoxib, especially in older adults.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to celecoxib, or if you have a history of allergic reaction to aspirin, sulfa drugs, or other NSAIDs.
To make sure you can safely take celecoxib, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category D. Taking celecoxib during the last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using celecoxib.
Celecoxib passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take celecoxib without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.
How should I take celecoxib (Celebrex)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take celecoxib with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.
You may open the celecoxib capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow right away without chewing. Discard the empty capsule. If you do not take the mixture right away, keep it in the refrigerator and take it within 6 hours.
If you use this medication long-term, your blood will need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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