What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Prior to taking celecoxib, talk to your healthcare provider if you have:
- Heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Bleeding problems (or are taking blood-thinning medications)
- Stomach ulcers, stomach bleeding, or a history of either condition
- Any allergies to medicines, including sulfa drugs, aspirin, or other NSAIDs.
Let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Celebrex and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Celebrex and Breastfeeding)
- Drinking alcohol frequently
- Recovering from heart surgery.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings for Celecoxib to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
- Acute pain relief, such as for pain following a procedure or muscle strain.
- Treatment of arthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling. Celecoxib can be used to treat several different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. However, the medication is not an arthritis cure.
- Treatment of painful menstrual periods.
(Click Celecoxib Uses for more information.)