Celebrex: does it help?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Denamay, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. Denamay

    Denamay New Member

    Hi,
    I am wondering who is taking Celebrex and does it help?

    I have a prescribtion that I have yet to get filled.


    Do you take it or daily or what? My doctor left it up to my own discretion.

    I would appreciate hearing about your results and any further comments.
    Love Denamay
  2. JewelRA

    JewelRA New Member

    Actually, my rheumy has prescribed it to me for my JRA. I have taken it since my son was born, so about 6 years. I take 200mg 2x a day. I have never had any problem with it as far as side effects (that I am aware of - I take so much stuff it's hard to tell, LOL).

    It's one of those that does not work on my worst FM pain, and I don't even think it's doing much until I forget to take a dose. Then my joints really act up and I realize that I do need to take it. It's not a strong pain reliever, like narcotics or something, but it does help a little bit.
  3. StephieBee

    StephieBee New Member

    I have no experience with Celebrex, so Im sorry I cannot help you with that med.

    I do not have arthritis, but when i was first dx'd back in 2001, I was given an rx for Vioxx. It didnt do a thing for me. No arthritic medication works for my FM pain.

    Stephanie
  4. bigmh

    bigmh New Member

    I take Celebrex, 200 mg twice/day, and it helps. But it's like Jewel said, only if I don't take it do I realize that it helps. I may have RA (but still don't have blood tests that show it), and it seems to help with the aching joints. I tried it several years ago (before possible RA), and it didn't help with the muscle fibro pain.

    Good luck! Ann
  5. caperkat

    caperkat New Member

    Celebrex was the first I was given, then Flexiril...neither worked very effectively for me. Vioxx was next, and of course that was taken off the market. Now I am taking Dolobid (I had never heard of it) and we'll see.

    kat
  6. RENA0909

    RENA0909 New Member

    I am sure that celebrex was taken off the market for the same reason as vioxx.....please check it out as I am sure it can cause heart attacks.

    Dont want to scare you but best to be aware.

    take care
    Rena
  7. Mini4Me

    Mini4Me New Member

    It is my understanding that fibromyalgia is not an inflamation, therefore, anti-inflamatories do not help. I got this info. from one of Devin Starlynal's fibro books.

    I find Soma helps more than flexeril in relaxing my tight and painful muscles. I have also heard that rhumatologists do not necessarily know more about fibro than some of the other kinds of dr.s (such as rehabilitation specialists).

    Be sure to get someone who is an expert in what you have!

    Best of luck.
    Mini
  8. Bren2135

    Bren2135 New Member

    Hi Denamay,

    I tried Celebrex. It's an anti-inflammatory, and apparently wasn't the one for me -- but it might do the trick for you. (I've better results with Feldene, an old arthritis stand-by.) A warning: If your stomach bothers you in the least, STOP and call the doc: I waited too long, developed an ulcer, then a stricture from the ulcer, then two years of upper endoscopies/dilation. Duhh, NOT fun. Nowadays, Nexium is my hero...

    (Doctors keep sayin' FM isn't an inflammatory disorder, so why does my sed rate go up without the meds?!)

    Love, Love, LOVE your picture/artwork, btw! What medium is that? (haha, I have no artsy knowledge beyond craft paint, and am tryin' to sound informed!)

    Hugs,
    Brenda
  9. kenzie45230

    kenzie45230 New Member

    Celebrex never worked for me for anything. One doc prescribed it for back pain. Then another for knee pain. When I was finally diagnosed with FM, I took it for a short while again. Never did much for me. Then when lawsuits started popping up I asked the doc for something else. Now my insurance company won't pay for it.

    Sigh. Anti-inflammatories all make me so sick. Doc wants me to take them, at least part of the time. If I do, I also have to have a prescription for something to reduce stomach acid and something else to make sure I don't vomit. Like I need more meds?

    For pain, I usually take Ultram/Tramadol. It doesn't really take any pains away...just makes me not care anymore.
  10. sfrazier

    sfrazier New Member

    When my PA first said that I had fibro she prescribed celebrex for me and since I had no insurance she went through the drug company and got it for me for free. As the years have gone by I wasn't sure just how much of a help it was until I went on state medical and they refused to fill the celebrex for me. I had to try a less expensive anti-inflamitory and I'll tell you what in less the two weeks I could feel the difference. My god all of my joints hurt. Now I have never been dx'ed with arthritis but my next rhuemy appointment I'm going to want a test cause it's been said before fibro is not a inflamitory syndrom so I will be requesting a blood test for arthritis.

    The drawbacks to Celebrex and Viaoxx was that it could cause your blood preasure to raise and for clotting problems. Since my blood preasure has always been low it has never bothered me but your doctor should have advised you of that and I'm not sure what your doctor meant when he said to take it at your own discretion? How many are you allowed to take in a day and what is the dosage? I would say get it filled and take it for a couple of weeks. If you don't notice a difference then stop taking them. You joints will let you know if there was a bigger difference then you thought very quickly. lol. I know that now. Good luck.......SueF
  11. ytneluk

    ytneluk New Member

    before my "1st reum.doc" diag.me with fibro
    he give me celebrex for pain .din't work for me
    i try few times its not for fibro
  12. romanshopper

    romanshopper New Member

    It has been for me - for the last 4 days now - a complete reversal.

    Now, I take a cocktail of meds - mirapex, ultracet, 2400 Neurontin - but the celebrex has completely made me better for 4 wonderful days. I feel normal.

    I seem senstive to most meds though - tramadol/ultracet is usually good enough for me.

    When I had my c-section, I only took tylenol with that, but that was before fibro!

    Anyway, I was concerned - my b/p was running 150/110 sometimes, but I really did feel like it was pain related - when I hurt the worse, the higher my b/p goes!

    So I am an RN - and I have been watching the b/p closely as I am not on meds but realize that 150/110 is way too high - and anyway, my b/p has went back to 120/76 on celebrex....which makes me really think that my b/p spikes really are mostly related to the level of pain I feel.
  13. TammyHendley

    TammyHendley New Member

    Hi,

    I took Celebrex for 6-8 months. It helped but it wasn't great. I took it twice per day. I also experienced stomach problems with it. My rheumatologist switched me to Relafen. I like it much better.

    Best wishes,
    Tammy
  14. shar6710

    shar6710 New Member

    I don't have a FMS Dx just CFS but I take Celebrex for RA in my hands. I found it helps take the edge off all my other pain too. I ran out for a few days and could barely turn over in bed I hurt so much.

    Its worth a try.

    Shar
  15. mary124

    mary124 New Member

    I don't take it but my husband does. He takes 200mg once a day. He can really tell the diffence when he doesn't take it after a couple of days. I would go ahead a fill the prescription.