I have been taking Celebrex for about ten years and found it a wonderful help in dealing with my osteoarthritis. However, a couple of years ago I started breaking out with an itchy blistery rash on my left arm and back. I went for allergy patch testing and found that I had only a slight contact allergy for carbona which is found in some fragrances. I stopped using all fragrances but the rash continued. Since Celebrex had a possible rash side effect, I took a couple of 2 week trial periods without the Celebrex and the rash went away. I recently had to have surgery and have been off of the Celebrex for 8 weeks and without any sign of rash. The arthritis doctor has now started me on Meloxicam. I have used it for 10 days and started getting the rash again on the 7th day. How can I get relief for my arthritis stiffness and pain without having this miserable itchy rash all of the time?
Sounds like you maybe one who will be unable to take the nonsteroidal anti inflammatories (NSAID) though it is hard to say whether you will have the same reaction to others of this category. It will be a trail and error sort of ordeal. The are numerous NSAID's of which I can recommend diclofenac (Voltaren) or Indocin other than the ones you have tried.
You may have to switch to a glucocorticoid type medication which again there are many such as found in the following link:
This list also includes Cymbalta which I found to help with the pain from arthritis. It is actually an antidepressant which is prescribed for pain.
Just some suggestions,
- Celebrex Information for Consumers
- Celebrex Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Celebrex (detailed)
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