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User Reviews for Celebrex

Celebrex has an average rating of 7.1 out of 10 from a total of 194 ratings on Drugs.com. 66% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 21% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Celebrex reviews 7.1 194 reviews

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Reviews for Celebrex

Wisguy · Taken for 10 years or more November 13, 2020

For Osteoarthritis: “Celebrex has been a godsend for me. I'm allergic to aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve, etc. Celebrex is actually a sulfa-derived drug so I'm not allergic to it. I have osteoarthritis in both knees, a blown lumbar disc, torn rotator cuff, bone spurs in my cervical spine from a car accident and chronic pain in my left wrist from breaking it in a biking accident as a child. I'm 58 and still active, without Celebrex it would be hard to do anything many days. I often take 200 mg per day for a week until my inflammation clears up and then try to stay off it for a month or so until I take it again, but it's dependent on my pain. Always try to give my body a break from any drug. Only side effect I have is some loose stools after taking it for several days in a row...not serious, but noticeable.”

9 / 10
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Jenamu · Taken for less than 1 month July 27, 2016

For Pain: “For 6 mths I've suffered chronic pain in the morning woken from sleep in pain in my joints. It started in my knees, then elbows & wrists. But 2 mths ago it started in my hips & lower back, & as my sleep was interrupted DAILY, so was my life. As soon I get up the pain would go, but the other day it wouldn't. So I went to my Dr who gave me Celebrex. I was scared to take it reading bad reviews. So I rang my Dr & he said take it & let me know how you feel tomorrow. I took it last night & can't believe I waited THIS long to try it. For the 1st time in 6 mths I woke with NO pain & it made me drowsy, which was a bonus. Celebrex WORKED for me so I want to write a POSITIVE review for people out there who are scared off by bad reviews. I'm pain free!”

10 / 10
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Kijoh · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 4, 2019

For Pain: “Celebrex was SO much easier on my stomach but ot was "weaker" than other NSAIDS, and I have taken almost all of them. But, because it didn't irritate my stomach, I could take it twice daily. With that said, on Celebrex I I gained at least 15 pounds in the first month, with actual increase in activity and no dietary changes. I've had this happen with other medicines before, notably, Lyrica. At my age, and with my health conditions all complicated by weight gain, it was not worth it for me. If it weren't for the weight gain this would get a 9-10. But, since the weight gain was so profound, I couldn't continue. Which is super sad because it really was awesome otherwise! Within weeks of stopping I lost nearly 10 pounds already. If you can stand to gain weight, like if you are underweight, I HIGHLY recommend this. But, if your weight is a problem, stay away!”

6 / 10
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:) · Taken for 10 years or more February 11, 2014

For Pain: “I agree with those who say Celebrex has improved quality of life. I joked with my doctor that Celebrex is the only "anti-depressant" that ever worked for me. Chronic pain is depressing. I have been on this medication for over a decade and my joints still move with ease - and without disabling pain. I am grateful.”

10 / 10
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big walt January 12, 2017

For Pain: “I noticed a lot of people on here giving up after only a week or so.I have been on Celebrex for years and at different times I would stop for a week or 2 immediately I would start going downhill. Celebrex needs to build up in your system the more time you take it the more it helps.Should give it at least a month.I was on heavy pain meds for years now all I take is Celebrex I have severe neck and back problems and severe arthritis.Celebrex is a miracle drug for me without the side effects of heavy pian meds.Thank you for Celebrex it has changed my life”

9 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 4, 2013

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I was given Celebrex for arthritis in my knee. After taking it for about two weeks I started to notice not only was my knee better and I was able to resume all of my normal activities with no pain but my foot that I had been suffering from planter fasciitis for two and a half years was finally not hurting. I had been through every treatment and three different foot doctors with no relief at all. Celebrex is by far the best medicine I have taken it has given me back my life in more ways then one.”

10 / 10
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BBRuth February 8, 2020

For Pain: “In my early 50s, I began having right knee pain, then I had all-over pain, felt especially upon standing after sitting for a short while. I was diagnosed with referred pain from my right hip so that at age 59, I had a right hip replacement. Knee pain stopped. The all-over pain persisted. I started taking Celebrex shortly after it first came out. I’m now 77 and had both knees replaced, left at 63, right at 66, my left shoulder at age 72, and now I need my right shoulder replaced. I am able to hold off on that, so far. If I didn’t have Celecoxib (generic) I fear I’d be using a walker or possibly a wheelchair. I have tried taking one 200mg per day, but the pain becomes too severe. I’ve also taken two one day and one the next, which worked for a while. Every spring and fall, I have an arthritis attack, and Celebrex gets me through. Celebrex has saved my life! So far, no bad side effects.”

10 / 10
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Aman June 25, 2019

For Osteoarthritis: “I have osteoarthritis of the right hip and I've been taking 100mg of celebrex once daily for 8 weeks. Just last week after 7 weeks on celebrex I can report that although I still limp and have some stiffness, my hip pain is significantly reduced and the only side effect I've noticed is that my blood pressure has increased to 138/87 (before celebrex my usual blood pressure was 132/84). I will continue monitoring my blood pressure and am also hopeful that Celebrex is also acting as a "joint preserving" drug as well as a pain reliever. The orthopaedic surgeon who assessed me said that there is research that suggests that although taking celebrex "will not" reverse the damage already done by osteoarthritis there is some evidence that it can significantly help "delay the progress of joint deterioration" for some people. Fingers crossed!”

8 / 10
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OkieGurl0843 April 26, 2017

For Pain: “Celebrex has been the only thing to help me for my lupus inflammation and pain . I'm always in pain, my entire body and joints. We haven't been able to get down the inflammation. In October I switched rheumatologists and she changed my meds and immediately my pain was finally reduced and tolerable! I let myself run out this week for the first time and I'm in soo much pain! My husband is at the pharmacy right now for it. I refuse typical addictive pain pills. Celebrex has helped me tremendously, I haven't had a crying breakdown from pain since I started it!”

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Chela · Taken for less than 1 month January 26, 2019

For Osteoarthritis: “I have cervical spondylitic myelopathy, osteoarthritis, cervical and lumbar stenosis. My primary prescribed celebrex. I experienced no pain relief after a week on celebrex. Instead I experienced debilitating brain fog, dizziness, stomach pain and palpitations. I stopped taking celebrex. I would never ever recommend this drug.”

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Clarkekent50 · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 5, 2014

For Pain: “Having chronic knee pain due to hockey injuries that has been getting worse and worse as I turned 50 - but now using 200 mg Celebrex each day has been nothing short of 100% recovery. I can now take the stairs, exercise and play hockey pain free with no side effects. Awesome, awesome.”

10 / 10
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Anthwan · Taken for 1 to 2 years April 3, 2021

For Pain: “I had a bad operation for carpel tunnel, and am now in constant pain in my left hand also have it in my right, But refuse to get right one done, because of fear of what I am now going through which is 24/7 pain. I also have arthritis, and l live with terrible nerve/ pins and needle pain, swelling, at various intervals in my feet, caused by sciatica. I was prescribed Celebrex by my doctor, and told me to take up to 2 capsules a day when pain gets bad and woweee I can live again. I do restrict myself from taking it until I have a bad bout, this drug relieves me from pain in less than an hour and lasts for days. In extreme cases of mine, I have taken my prescribed two a day...and walla I can live with my pain till next bout... it’s been a blessing for me it’s as close to me as my wallet when traveling”

9 / 10
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JeromeZ1 February 7, 2014

For Pain: “I'm a 41-year-old male and for the last few years I started suffering from many of my gym and sports-related injuries. At first, it was the pain I associated with too much work at the gym or too many miles on the trail, or picking up too much weight for my arthritic lower back, etc., but when my elbows both shut down completely at exactly the same time, and I couldn't hold a tube of toothpaste anymore, I started to freak out. For months I took way too many OTC NSAIDs, prescription pain killers, steroids, on and on and nothing came close to relieving the pain. I became angry and depressed and was a complete grump. Then my Dr. prescribed Celebrex and it is nothing short of amazing. My quality of life has greatly improved. It's expensive though.”

9 / 10
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Loulou · Taken for 10 years or more September 27, 2018

For Osteoarthritis: “I was on Vioxx, then switched to Celebrex. I took 200 mg daily for 14 years. On 7-5-16 I had a heart attack. My right ventricle was full of blood clots. I had NO plaque. I had 3 blockages, 80%, 90% and 100 % blockage. My cardiologist took me off it immediately. Celebrex DID take care of most of my pain. Taking it is not worth dying.”

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SamH · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 2, 2020

For Pain: “Was sceptical when my GP first prescribed this pain reliever Celebrex for plantar fasciitis as my pain level was quite high but with continued use, it has reduced the pain down to a very manageable level and sometimes no pain, where I'm not limping in extreme pain anymore. There have been no side effects with this drug.”

9 / 10
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EB August 6, 2020

For Osteoarthritis: “I have had bilateral knee replacement oxford partials in 2013 and they still hurt. I had right hip replacement 2 years ago, 2 surgeries and 1 dislocation. The surgeon says bursitis in the right hip, it hurts daily. I have been on tramadol 50mg 3 X Times per day. I have been on Celecoxib for 3 years. I went through the others, meloxicam, etc. Still in pain daily. I had my Dr. put in a prescription to my pharmacist for 10 Brand Name Celebrex. Of course denied by insurance, but I will pay the price of $15. per pill to see if it works. My report is , WOW, it works. Its like the pressure from the pain is pretty much gone. My Insurance company put in a fax to my Dr. as to why I have to take Brand Celebrex over the rest of the cheapie drugs. Then, negotiate the price down after it gets approved with my insurance company.”

10 / 10
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Chrid January 6, 2016

For Osteoarthritis: “I am a 31 year old male US Army combat vet who suffers from arthritis. For years it went untreated and I was in pain every day all day until I was prescribed Celebrex, within a few days I felt better than I had in years. Upon waking in the morning I take 100mg's and within an hour or so I feel relief, if I miss a dose I can tell and I can feel it. I do not suffer any of the mentioned side affects after approximately 5 years. Of course it does not work for everyone but at this point I cannot live without it”

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Anonymous August 3, 2015

For Pain: “I went they 2 years of hell with lower back pain it ruined my life for those 2 years seemingly endless pain and suffering . Then my doctor prescribed Celebrex, which stopped the pain dead in its tracks”

10 / 10
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TomPr April 25, 2017

For Pain: “Hi everyone, Dealing with knee osteoarthritis for years. Pain got so bad that I could only do minimal exercise and was waking up from pain. Ibuprofen does help, maybe a 50% pain inhibition taking 6 pills a day. With Celebrex, 200mg/ twice daily, I am having about 90% pain reduction. I am now biking daily, no problem going up and down stairs. This is a miracle drug. Not a cure, but close!”

9 / 10
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M.Stone · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 9, 2017

For Osteoarthritis: “After the results of the latest 10 year study came out in late 2016 claiming the safety of the product, I decided to ask my doctor to put me on it for my Osteoarthritis. It helped immensely! I am sure my pain was decreased by at LEAST 30-40% if not more! When you're in constant pain and discomfort, that amount is a huge relief! I started just a few weeks before my hip replacement due to "bone on bone" caused by my osteoarthritis. ANY relief is welcome! I would most definitely recommend this to anyone to at least try! I use the generic brand.”

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Hele · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 31, 2017

For Rheumatoid Arthritis: “Celebrex has been wonderful for me--I never thought I would be able to regain mobility as well as I have. I haven't experienced any side effects at all. It took weeks to work, but I couldn't be more pleased with it now. I've noticed on some of the comments here that it worked immediately for some people, but it's not always like that, so be patient and give it time--hope this helps!”

9 / 10
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JOHN AL · Taken for less than 1 month January 27, 2017

For Pain: “After my nucleoplast surgery in 2001 constant pain because my 3 lower disks were turned into (flat tires) since they remove some of the disks juice, no surgeons could help me, I just had the right and left nerves deadened by a nerve block that did not work and the lower steroids shots work a couple days, the one dr put me on gabbapentin helped about 5% with the pain, and last week I read in the AARP paper that celebrex is not really that bad or dangerous ,its on the same level as motrin or ibuprofin, after taking the 200 mg pill twice a day for the past 3 days my pain has lessened 80% and I am sure as it builds up it will kick in and work for me. Its been a GODSEND since my pain was driving me crazy ,I can sleep now.”

10 / 10
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Jojo Zee November 12, 2015

For Pain: “I have been in pain for years. I did massage therapy, physiotherapy, yoga, ran, walked and weights. Finally, my Doctor gave me a script for Celebrex - Instant pain relief in both my neck and lumbar. It is November 11, 2015 and I am going to celebrate tonight. I am pain FREE!”

10 / 10
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Jeff · Taken for 10 years or more June 23, 2020

For Osteoarthritis: “I have been taking Celebrex for osteo for about 25 years. I was taking up to 400mg a day for the last 15 years. If I wasn’t I would not have been able to work. The only side effects I have noticed are heartburn and a rash that may be from Celebrex. I have had two total knee replacements and an operation on an elbow for osteo. I have osteo in the lower back that they will not operate on as there is nothing they say they can do that will get rid off the pain. The doctor I’m seeing now has cut me back to 1x100mg a day and says he is taking me off it altogether. I don’t even feel like getting out of bed because of the pain. I’ll be changing doctors. It also helps a lot with pain from toothache infections.”

10 / 10
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Janet H. October 26, 2020

For Pain: “I was prescribed Celebrex 8 months after a meniscus tear in my left knee. I have severe arthritis is both knees as well. It helped quite a bit after only a few weeks, but I had to stop taking it after two months because my ulcerative colitis returned with a vengeance. Do NOT abruptly stop taking this drug, you will feel like a truck hit you. I did not realize this was a actually a powerful NSAID , my orthopedic doctor should have known. Instead he said I was a “perfect fit” for it be a use of my digestive system issues. NOT!! It is contraindicated for a PT with a UC history, even if mine was in full remission. No more! Now I am dealing with that as a full on condition again, and it makes my joint pain even worse. I recommend you DO NOT take this drug if you have IB, UC or Crohn’s Disease.”

8 / 10
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