Celebrex and fibromyalgia


What it is

Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain or inflammation, including fibromyalgia. It works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body. The specific type of NSAID is a COX-2 inhibitor.


Celecoxib, or Celebrex is used as a means to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness that has been caused by osteoarthritis, which is arthritis caused by a breakdown of the joint lining, rheumatoid arthritis caused by swelling of the joint lining, and ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis that primarily affects the spine. Celebrex has not been approved by the FDA to treat fibromyalgia, so this use would be an off-label prescription, and as such, may not be covered by health insurance. If your health insurance does not cover Celebrex, the cost of the medication can be prohibitive.

How to take it

Celebrex typically is taken with a glass of water, but it can be taken with or without food. It should be taken at the same time every day, usually in the morning for the most effective response. If taken in capsule form, it can be sprinkled on applesauce, and then eaten.

Side Effects

There are a few serious side effects with Celebrex, although they are typical for NSAIDS in general. Celebrex may cause serious problems with the stomach or intestines, including perforation or bleeding. Especially in older adults, those side effects can occur without warning and can be fatal. Celebrex should not be taken if someone has:

  • • a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot
  • • heart disease, congestive heart failure
  • • high blood pressure
  • • stomach ulcers or bleeding
  • • liver or kidney disease
  • • seizure disorder such as epilepsy
  • • asthma
  • • polyps in your nose
  • • bleeding or blood clotting disorder.


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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