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Common Brand Names: Celebrex

Proper Use & Dosage Information

Medically reviewed by Jessica Swirble, PharmD
Last updated on 6/6/2024

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What is the typical starting dose for celecoxib?

Celecoxib is available in the following forms:

  • Oral capsules (50 mg; 100 mg; 200 mg; 400 mg)

The typical starting dose of celecoxib varies depending on the condition being treated, the severity of symptoms, and individual patient factors. It is crucial to follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding dosage and administration.

For osteoarthritis:

  • Adults: Initial doses typically start at 200 mg once daily or 100 mg twice daily.

For rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Adults: Initial doses typically start at 100 mg to 200 mg twice daily.

For pain or menstrual pain:

  • Adults: Initial doses start at 400 mg, followed by an additional 200 mg if needed on the first day. Subsequently, 200 mg twice daily as needed.

The dosage may be adjusted based on the response and tolerance to the medication. Your healthcare provider will determine the most appropriate dose based on your medical history and your response to the medication.

Celecoxib should be taken as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment without consulting your provider.

If you have any questions about your dosage or need adjustments, contact your healthcare provider for guidance. If you want to talk to a provider right away, consider scheduling an online doctor appointment through a telehealth platform like Sesame.

What should I do if I miss a dose of celecoxib?

If you miss a dose of celecoxib, take it as soon as you remember unless it is close to the time for your next scheduled dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to make up for a missed one.

Take celecoxib around the same time every day to maintain a consistent amount of medication in your body.

What should I do if I'm feeling better while taking celecoxib?

Continue taking celecoxib as prescribed by your healthcare provider, even if you start feeling better. It's important to keep taking the medication as directed to manage your condition effectively.

Do not suddenly stop taking celecoxib; this can cause your symptoms to return.

If you have any concerns or questions about your medication, discuss them with your healthcare provider for medical advice and recommendations.

How should I store celecoxib?

Store celecoxib according to the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Keep it at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Ensure the container is tightly closed and out of reach of children.

Do not use expired medication or medications that appear damaged or discolored. If you have any questions about storage, consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for guidance.