i have a bulge on my back and they can't find anything but arthritis, the pain is so bad i'm having problems at work, sitting to long and standing too long are really hard for me :( he wants to put me on celebrex says its for mood also, because i'm taking something for depression too. he wants me to stop taking the depression meds and take celebrex.
19 May 2012
First, I would clarify the instructions given to you by your MD. There is a possibility that he could have meant one med or the other. If you have been prescribed Celebrex & are on an antidepressant, check with your pharmacist also to clarify the prescription, check for interactions, etc. Also, there is concern about "just stopping" any antidepressant that you may have been taking long term. Again, talk with your MD and/or your Pharmacist for clarification. Additionally, if you are/were taking Celexa & the MD prescribed Celebrex, there is a significant interaction between Celebrex (anti-inflammatory) & Celexa (antidepressant) as noted by the interaction checker on Medscape. I tried to copy/paste but could not - but this was the "Significant-Monitor Closely" interaction noted: "Citalopram, Celecoxib: Either increases the toxicity of the other by pharmacodynamic synergism. Significant interaction possible, monitor closely.
Increased risk of upper GI bleeding. If possible, avoid concurrent use." I would recommend for anyone that requires polypharmaceuticals (have a lot of prescription meds) that if possible, to download & join Medscape (or a similar program) that provides an interaction checker for medications & provides updated disease, condition & treatment information. I know a lot of physicians that use this as a resource guide for prescribing medications. I apologize for the long post/answer, I hope this helps & that you find some relief soon. Be blessed.
11 May 2012
I strongly suggest that you not stop taking your anything unless you are clear what your doctor is prescribing. As others have already mentioned there are two others drugs that might be confused here: Cymbalta which I have taken for depression which does have other benefits like nerve type pain control. I did not get that benefit. Then the Celexa which is for sleep. Celebrex is an anti-inflammatory and not a mood stabilizer or anti-depressant.
Is this same doctor the prescribing doctor for your psych meds??? If NOT, I would contact the prescribing doctor for that medication and have a discussion before you consider doing that... some of those psych meds you cannot just stop... you may need to be weened off. You didn't mention what that medication is...
I just don't like it when a PCP (primary care physician) prescribes psych meds. Most of the time they just write for the latest, greatest thing out there like when Paxil came out or Prozac and boy what a disaster that was for some people because the doctors didn't know what psychiatric condition they were truly treating. My psychiatrist wouldn't dream of writing a script for an antibiotic, for instance, just to save me the trip to another doctor.
My PCP flat out told me he didn't understand psychiatry and doesn't pretend to know so he doesn't prescribe ANY psych meds.
I am sure you are okay... but take caution here... keep all of your doctors informed, okay???
Be well and take good care of you... you are your own best advocate and knowledge gives you access to so much more.
10 May 2012
Could it be your Dr meant Cymbalta? I just googled Celebrex and moods and it seems to have a "side effect" of mood swinging? Better check and make sure. I have been on Cymbalta for almost 2 years and I am amazed at the difference, I am so much better. I ran out a couple of months ago and seriously just spaced off renewing and within 3 days my pain was out of control. When I picked up the new prescription, within 6 hours, I was way better!!! Good Luck!
10 May 2012
Celebrex is not an antidepressant. Celebrex is an anti-inflammatory. Celexa is an antidepressant and so is Cymbalta. I wonder if your Dr has Celebrex confused with Celexa. The names are very similar but not the same at all. Celebrex wont affect the modd in the same way and antidepressant does. Somewhere along the line, there is confusion.
10 May 2012
I have heard of this. I agree with the others this is mostly a muscle/skeletal relaxant and not an anti-depression med, HOWEVER, if you poke around on the web you will see this disclaimer everywhere.
"Celebrex may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide."
Hope this helps.
- Celebrex Information for Consumers
- Celebrex Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Celebrex (detailed)
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