Precautions and Warnings for Celecoxib
Safety concerns with celecoxib should be understood prior to taking the drug. For example, women who are pregnant and people who are allergic to sulfa should avoid celecoxib. Also, this medication has been linked to anemia, high blood pressure, and heart failure. Discuss your medical history and current medications with your doctor so that you are aware of precautions and warnings for celecoxib before taking it.
Celecoxib: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Prior to taking celecoxib (Celebrex®), 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 these problems
- Any allergies to medicines, including sulfa drugs, aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Drink alcohol frequently
- Have recently had heart surgery.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.