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What are the side effects of Celebrex?

Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Celebrex sometimes causes indigestion, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. It can also have serious side effects, such as skin reactions, bleeding, kidney damage, stroke, and heart problems. Still, Celebrex may be a good option for some people. If you have not been able to control your arthritis pain and inflammation with other medications, discuss Celebrex with your physician.
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You may experience side effects from allergy to Celebrex, from Celebrex itself, or from serious conditions caused by Celebrex, such as stomach bleeding, heart attack, and stroke.

Seek immediate medical attention if have any allergic reactions: swollen tongue, throat, lips, or face; hives; or breathing problems.

Side effects of stomach bleeding requiring immediate advice from your doctor include passing tarry, bloody, or black stools and coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. 

You may experience side effects from having an allergy to Celebrex, from Celebrex itself or from serious conditions caused by Celebrex, such as stomach bleeding, heart attack and stroke. Seek immediate medical attention if you have any symptoms of an allergic reactions: swollen tongue, throat, lips or face; hives; or breathing problems. Side effects of stomach bleeding requiring immediate advice from your doctor include passing tarry, bloody or black stools, and coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
Symptoms of heart and blood vessel disorders requiring immediate medical attention, such as stroke and heart attack, include difficulty breathing, weakness, slurred speech, loss of balance, vision problems and chest pain. Other serious side effects of Celebrex may include rapid weight gain or swelling, pain in parts of the body other than the chest, severe "pins and needles," numbness, bruising, muscle weakness, urinating less or not at all, sore throat, fever, headaches, red rash, blistering or peeling of the skin. Celebrex may also cause side effects that do not require immediate medical attention, such as blurred vision, gas, bloating, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, mild heartburn, ringing in your ears, mild skin rash, itching, headache, dizziness and nervousness.

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