What is Celebrex?
Celebrex, also referred to as celecoxib, was approved for use by the FDA in December of 1998 and is produced by the large pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Since being approved it is estimated over 20 million people have been prescribed Celebrex.
Celebrex is prescribed to help fight the effects of various forms of arthritis. These include osteoarthritis, or more commonly known as “wear and tear” arthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease common in the elderly. It is also used to fight adult rheumatoid arthritis which is a sever form of arthritis affecting over 2 million people. Celebrex is also used to fight primary dysmennorhea (severe menstrual cramping) and acute pain in adults.
Classified as a COX-2 inhibitor, Celebrex is part of a group of non-sterodial anti-infammatory medications (NSAIDs), and work to block one of the enzymes which case both pain and inflammation.
A study done in August 2001, and released in the Journal of the American Medical Association, first raised concerns about use of Celebrex, as well as Bextra and Vioxx and other drugs of the same variety, and the possible impact on a user’s cardiovascular health.
Side Effects of Celebrex
Celebrex falls into the same class as drug and the discontinued Bextra and Vioxx. Both Bextra and Vioxx were pulled from the United States markets due to safety concerns and adverse side effects associated with the drugs. Soon after the Vioxx recall in September of 2004, a new study was put out linking use of Celebrex to an increased risk of heart attack.
Potentially side effects associated with use of Celebrex include;
- Susceptibility to Infection
- Breathing Problems
- Breast Problems
- Eye Infection
- Difficult Urination
- Numb or Tingling Fingers/Toes
- Ear Infection
- Fungal Infection
- Inflamed Digestive Tract or Bladder
- Kidney Stones
- Skin Sensitivity or Increased Reaction to Sunlight
- Hair Loss
- Menstrual Difficulties
- Herniated Stomach
- Leg Cramps
- Intense Nose Bleeds
At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate personal injuries and wrongful deaths resulting from taking Celebrex. Patients across Massachusetts and America are starting to realize some of the potential harmful consequences of using Celebrex. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Celebrex, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.
February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Blog