While there are some common side effects associated with celecoxib, it is important to remember that your doctor prescribed this drug because they believe that its benefits outweigh any adverse conditions it may cause.
The most common side effects (occurring in more than 2% of people) may include:
Irritation of the sinus, nose, or throat
Upper respiratory tract infection
Let your doctor know if any of these symptoms are severe or don’t go away.
However, some side effects may be serious. Talk to your doctor right away if you experience any of the following:
Pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf
Signs of kidney problems
Pain or difficulty swallowing
Symptoms of heart failure (these may include swelling of the feet or ankles, unusual tiredness, or sudden/unusual weight gain).
Celecoxib has been known to raise blood pressure and, in rare cases, can cause liver disease. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of liver damage (such as dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite, severe abdominal pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin).
Serious allergic reactions are also rare but do occur. Get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.
Celecoxib may not be right for everyone. For more information on special precautions and possible adverse effects speak to your doctor.
WARNING: The use of NSAIDs such as celecoxib may increase the risk of serious cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. They may also increase the risk of adverse gastrointestinal events such as bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines.
This is not a complete list of celecoxib side effects. For more information on adverse reactions associated with celecoxib, please visit the National Institutes of Health’s DailyMed webpage.