Your dose of celecoxib will depend on a variety of factors, such as your symptoms, current medications, and other medical conditions you may have. Different conditions can call for different dosages. In any case, dosing guidelines typically call for the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time; this will reduce your risk of serious side effects.
An Introduction to Celecoxib DosingThe dosage of celecoxib (Celebrex®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are currently taking
- Your weight (for children).
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Celecoxib Doses for Various Medical ConditionsThe following sections explain celecoxib dosing guidelines for certain medical conditions, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
- Acute pain or painful menstruation.
Regardless of the condition being treated, the dose should be reduced by 50 percent for people with moderate liver problems. People with severe liver problems should not take celecoxib at all. In addition, people known as "CYP 2C9 poor metabolizers" (people who are genetically prone to metabolize certain drugs poorly) should be prescribed half the recommended dose as well. Children that are poor CYP 2C9 metabolizers should not take celecoxib at all.
The recommended starting dosage of celecoxib for most people with osteoarthritis is 200 mg, once a day, either as a single dose or 100 mg twice day.