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What should I know about Celebrex before taking it?

Inform your health care provider of any medical conditions you may have, such as asthma, past heart operations, heart or circulation problems, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, stomach bleeding or ulcers, allergy to certain medications, pregnant, or breastfeeding. Celebrex may increase your risk of heart and stomach conditions. Stomach bleeding may occur while you are on Celebrex, and your risk is greater if you have had ulcers or stomach bleeding in the past. Drinking alcohol increases the risk even further. The longer you take Celebrex, the higher your risk of stroke, heart attack, and other potentially fatal heart and blood vessel conditions. While on Celebrex, you should learn to recognize and find immediate medical attention for symptoms of heart or circulation problems: slurred speech, shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness, and vision or balance problems.

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