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What should I know before I take celecoxib?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you are over age 65, celecoxib may not be a good option for you.

If you are allergic to sulfa drugs, you should not take celecoxib.

If you take celecoxib, you should avoid alcohol.

If you have had a sensitivity reaction to aspirin, you should not take celecoxib.

If you have asthma, fluid retention, heart failure, or impaired kidney function, celecoxib may not be a good option for you.

If you have peptic ulcer or gastrointestinal bleeding, celecoxib can lead to serious side effects, especially if you are elderly or debilitated.

If you have severe liver impairment, celecoxib can lead to side effects and should be avoided.

If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or planning a pregnancy, celecoxib may not be a good option for you. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women in the first two trimesters. The health of your baby may be a risk if you take celecoxib in the third trimester.

If you are breastfeeding, celecoxib may not be a good option for you. It is not known if this drug can be passed into breast milk.

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