Pain is something all of us battle with on a regular basis. Pain killers are a common treatment for pain of any sort and drug companies mint money by producing varieties of pain killers. Just as all is not pleasant about pain, everything about pain killers is not good. Some pain killers can inflict life-threatening conditions on the patient. Celebrex, a commonly-used pain killer, can drive you into such situations if you are not careful.
What is Celebrex made of? Celebrex is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works on hormones and reduces inflammation and pain. The drug is used to treat pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, menstrual pain and other ailments too. Though Aspirin, Dolobid, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn and Toradol fall under the category of NSAIDs, only a few like Celebrex are prescription medications. The drug is contraindicated for many other kinds of pain and has been successful in treatment of bruised bones, strained muscles etc.
How wonder became blunder: A wonder drug for arthritis, Celebrex turned dangerous when a study conducted in December 2004 revealed that the drug increases a patient’s risk of heart diseases (attack or stroke) by twofold. Pfizer, the manufacturer, seems to be unaware of the situation despite FDA’s warning against the drug. Vioxx, a similar drug was removed from the market when it was revealed that taking the drug means risking your life.
Potential dangers involved in Celebrex: Like every other drug, Celebrex comes with its own set of side effects. It inflicts a few dangers too. Some of the potential side effects/dangers involved in taking Celebrex:
1. Your life is at stake: With Celebrex you are risking your life. Recent studies prove that Celebrex increases the risk of heart attacks or strokes in a person. Though this happens only at higher doses, taking the drug for every other sort of pain without a doctor’s advice can keep a patient at greater risk of heart ailments. Such heart ailments can sometimes lead to life threatening conditions and result even in death. So, before you rave about this wonder drug or continue taking it for a long time, think again. Listen to the crowing of medical specialists and then, decide on whether Celebrex is risky for you or not.
2. Side effects: Celebrex is generally taken for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A pain killer, it relieves arthritis patients of pain in joints. When prescribed or contraindicated for other ailments, Celebrex can turn harmful and result in a whole host of side effects. Some moderate side effects include stomach upset, indigestion, nausea, cramps and diarrhea. Headaches, drowsiness and dizziness are other possible side effects.
3. Emergency cases: Consumption of Celebrex for a long period can create an emergency situation. Contact your closest emergency facility immediately if you have bloody discharge coming from anywhere in the body; if you experience fainting, paralysis, breathing problems skin irritation, appearance of rashes, severe stomach cramps, weight gain, swelling in the face or other parts of the body, yellowing of skin and tightness of chest.
If you or a loved one is suffering from ailments caused by Celebrex, you can file a lawsuit and join the team of Celebrex naysayers in the country.
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