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Celebrex - taken first dose now waiting in terror to see if I die!

So hospital has prescribed Celebrex. I'm a bit wary as I had a reaction to sulfalazine. GP says she has only given me two weeks because of this.

I have very high cholesterol but GP says it's still okay to take the Celebrex.

I have read the patient leaflet and am now convinced I will have dropped dead by tea time from either a heart attack, stroke or massive allergic reaction.

I find negotiating the worry of all these drugs as debilitating as the actual illness!

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I take another COX-2 NSAID, etoricoxib (Arcoxia) but have been on celecoxib (Celebrex), it was my first NSAID specifically prescribed for RD when I was diagnosed. I have family history of heart disease on both sides & higher than average LDL cholesterol for higher risk group so do have an annual cardiovascular check at my GP Surgery. My etoricoxib has been reduced from 90mg to 60mg daily according to the revised prescribing dose recommendation for RD & AS patients about a year ago.

Maybe this will be of interest, even ease your mind somewhat forbes.com/sites/johnlamatt... lots more similar recent info out there, just google 'cardiovascular safety celecoxib uk'.

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I was really good on Celebrex - loved them - hardly noticed Any side effects . I am trying to conceive so stoped taking them - ibuprofen and steroids now which means my stomach lining is in bits !!! I would love to go back to celebreax ! Hope that helps!

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Hi

I’d been aware of the reduced dosage re Arcoxia and the new guidelines. However, mine remains at 90mg? Is this worth pursuing , do you think?

Marie

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You can only ask Marie. This is a copy of the letter your GP should have received if you want to print it off & take it with you assets.publishing.service.g...

I was told if I needed them to dip into my remaining 90mg ones but have only needed to do so a couple of times.

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That’s really helpful. Thanks NMHs.

Marie

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I have taken Celebrex, the first time in 2000 a year after having my second child! I loved it! My knees were less painful, I had less stiffness, and I didn't wake with headache anymore! It has less side effects than MTX too!

I hope you get relief with it like I did!

Happy Halloween! 👽

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I take 20mg twice a day and I find it great, really notice if I forget it and no side effects which I am prone too!

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Superfloozie do you mean 200mg?

I can't fault this med. Have taken it on and off for years with no side effects. That combined with relief that comes quicker than most DMARD or biologics puts, it up there near the top of my favoured meds list.

D

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I do I do!! Yes me too best med that I take with no side effects!

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Please try not to panic. I took COX-2 inhibitors for many years without problem until I finally started having stomach problems. I did take stock of my lifestyle to reduce as many other heart health factors as I could (the one trade off that made me finally give up the fags for good!). It's good to know of potential side effects to know what to keep an eye out for but the scary ones are generally a rarity. I hope they do the trick for you.

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Unfortunately I had a severe reaction after one dose so sadly this is another one on the allergic list. I had high hopes for it too. It seems I'm ultra sensitive to NSAIDs

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