Celebrex Provides An Option For Patients With Risk Of Gastrointestinal Problems
Celebrex belongs to the classification of drugs known as NSAIDs ( Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) which are used to treat patients with inflammation issues such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and even severe menstrual cramp pain. Celebrex treats these conditions as well as reducing colon polyps in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis. Often prescribed to patients who have experienced stomach discomfort or ulcers as a result of taking other anti inflammatory medicines, Celebrex has been proven to lower the risk of these instances. Primarily used long term by those patients with chronic conditions, Celebrex is not very useful for short term or acute pain relief.
Celebrex, although quite effective in treating pain without a high gastrointestinal risk, carries a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, especially in those patients with other risk factors for cardiovascular problems. Risk factors which may be exaggerated with Celebrex include smoking, Coronary Artery Disease, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Celebrex should only be used as a last resort in patients with existing heart problems or extremely high risk factors and those taking the medicine should undergo regular screenings by their doctor. Some symptoms which should be immediately checked by a doctor and could indicate a risk for serious problems include bloody vomit, skin rash, flu like symptoms and unusual bruising, among others.
Celebrex is classified by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as Pregnancy Category C as it is inconclusive if the use of Celebrex during pregnancy will harm an unborn baby. Additionally it is unknown if Celebrex is passed through breast milk and therefore should not be taken by nursing mothers.
Celebrex, despite its risks, has proven to be an effective way of coping with chronic pain or swelling conditions. Due to the lower risk of gastrointestinal problems, it may also provide a solution for those whose options are limited due to a history or predisposition to stomach problems such as ulcers.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.