What are the side effects of celecoxib?

Dr. Scott D. Martin, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Possible side effects of celecoxib (Celebrex) include stomach upset, fluid retention, gastrointestinal bleeding, cardiovascular events, stroke, skin reactions, plus side effects similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It may also cause an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. People allergic to sulfa drugs should not take celecoxib. Discuss your personal health risks with your doctor before long-term use.

Dr. James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatrist (Foot Specialist)

Side effects of celecoxib (Celebrex) include:

  • abdominal pain
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • fluid retention
  • heartburn
  • indigestin
  • rash
  • ringing in ears
  • kidney damage
  • liver damage
  • cardiovascular effects

Discuss your personal health risks with your doctor when considering regular use.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Side effects may include indigestion, abdominal pain, a runny nose, an inflamed throat or sinuses, upper respiratory tract infections, headaches, gas, nausea, diarrhea, high blood pressure, swollen legs or ankles, and skin rashes. Celecoxib raises a person's risk of heart attack and stroke, especially if they have cardiovascular disease. Celecoxib can cause bleeding, ulceration, or perforation of the stomach or intestines, especially in the elderly. 

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