Celebrex Litigation Attorneys
Celebrex is one of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs also known as NSAIDs. These drugs work by reducing hormones that produce pain and inflammation. These drugs, including Celebrex, are used for patients with menstrual pain, arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. In some cases, it is also prescribed for patients with hereditary polyps found in the colon. Physicians may also prescribe the drug for other treatments that are not listed.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued this warning in April 2005: “Celebrex has been linked to an increased risk of serious cardiovascular (CV) events (such as heart attack or stroke) which appears to be a risk shared by all medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (excluding aspirin). FDA has requested that the package insert (labeling) for all NSAIDs, including Celebrex, be revised to include a “boxed” or serious warning to highlight the potential increased risk of CV events, and the well known risk of serious, and potentially life-threatening, stomach bleeding. FDA has also requested that the package insert for all NSAIDs be revised to state that patients who have just had heart surgery should not take these medicines."
The use of Celebrex can increase an individual’s risk of heart problems or circulation problems, which can include a stroke or heart attack. The risk increases the longer you are taking the medication.
Some individuals should not use Celebrex, including those who have had or plan heart bypass surgery, are allergic or have had allergic reactions to aspirin, sulfa, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
All NSAIDs increase the risk of serious effects on the intestines and the stomach that can result in bleeding or perforation in the intestines or stomach. These side effects can be fatal. Older patients may have greater risk of developing gastrointestinal side effects.
If you are now taking Celebrex, you should know that you should avoid taking other drugs that cause adverse effects. These drugs include:
- ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil)
- naproxen (Aleve and Naprosyn)
- diclofenac (Cataflam and Voltaren)
- diflunisal (Dolobid)
- etodolac (Lodine)
- flurbiproten (Ansaid)
- indomethacin (Indocin)
- ketoprofen (Orudis)
- ketorolac (Toradol)
- mefenamic acid (Ponstel)
- meloxicam (Mobic)
- nabumetone (Relafen)
- piroxicam (Feldene)
Drinking alcohol while taking Celebrex can increase the risk of stomach bleeding. While taking Celebrex, you should also refrain from taking over-the-counter medications such as allergy medicines, pain medicines, and cold medicines. You must also avoid staying in the sunlight or tanning at salons. Celebrex has a tendency to make some patients more sensitive to sunburn.
If you or a loved one have experienced serious complications as a result of using NSAIDs like Celebrex, you should consult with a Celebrex Litigation Attorney
right away. A pharmaceutical attorney
can advise you on pursuing a lawsuit and get you the compensation you deserve for your harm.