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I have severe osteoarthritis. I currently take Celebrex (celecoxib) 200mg 2x daily and 100mg of tramadol 3x daily. Still having pain, any suggestions?

I have severe osteoarthritis. I currently take Celebrex (celecoxib) 200mg 2x daily and 100mg of tramadol 3x daily. Still having pain, any suggestions?

See details: I am impossible to answer without a detailed history, physical exam and review of imaging studies. Ask your own doctor that question or get a second opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kent
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Celecoxib (Definition)

Treats pain, including pain caused by arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) in children and adults, ankylosing spondylitis, or menstrual cramps. This is a ...Read more


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Celebrex (celecoxib) for osteoarthritis — is this a good medication for pain. Dr. Pres 200 mil 1 x a day?

Celebrex (celecoxib) for osteoarthritis — is this a good medication for pain. Dr. Pres 200 mil 1 x a day?

Yes: Try it for 2 weeks and then you will know. Celebrex (celecoxib) is generally as effective as any NSAID and carries less GI risk than most. ...Read more

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Cymbalta (duloxetine) or celebrex: what is better for treating osteoarthritis pain?

Cymbalta (duloxetine) or celebrex: what is better for treating osteoarthritis pain?

Work differently!: They both can be used alone or together! Both are effective, but my first Rx would be Celebrex! ...Read more

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Does long term use of NSAIDs such as Celebrex cause loss of cartilage or contribute to osteoarthritis?

Does long term use of NSAIDs such as Celebrex cause loss of cartilage or contribute to osteoarthritis?

Not necessarily: Cartilage loss has been described due to ongoing arthritis with indocin but this may have been ongoing disease and not due to inocin ...Read more

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I am in constant pain from osteoarthritis an I am only 41 years of age. I work on ambulances so I am constantly moving. What can I take for pain. Aleve, or celebrex (celecoxib) help

I am in constant pain from osteoarthritis an I am only 41 years of age. I work on ambulances so I am constantly moving. What can I take for pain. Aleve, or celebrex (celecoxib) help

See Dr.: At your young age, you need a thorough evaluation regarding the cause of your joint pain. I suggest a rheumatologist. You will need some blod tests, possibly x-rays and then some prescribed meds and/or intervention for your pain and joints. ...Read more

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I have severe osteoarthritis in my knees. They can't be replaced. Was taking celebrex, (celecoxib) now have apap and vicodin. Suggestions for pain control?

I have severe osteoarthritis in my knees. They can't be replaced. Was taking celebrex, (celecoxib) now have apap and vicodin. Suggestions for pain control?

Severe Knee OA ...: Severe Knee OA not amenable to surgery. Various modalities can be tried. Weight loss, proper footwear & posture, physical therapy, bracing, specific strengthening exercises & topical analgesics can be tried. Corticosteroid ("cortisone") injections used judiciously can provide added pain relief. Viscosupplement injections (hyaluronic acid injections). Treatment with prp has also been tried. ...Read more

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Is taking celebrex (celecoxib) 200mg every day harmful to the heart or blood pressure? I have severe osteoarthritis in the knees that the pills really help. .

Is taking celebrex (celecoxib) 200mg every day harmful to the heart or blood pressure? I have severe osteoarthritis in the knees that the pills really help.
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Possibly: Celebrex (celecoxib) can raise bp by causing sodium retention in the kidney and increase chance of heart attacks by increasing platelet reactivity. If one has risk factors for heart disease then taking celebrex (celecoxib) should be with great caution. Advise a thorough cardiac evaluation. ...Read more

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Osteoarthritis of the knee. What do you recommend as treatment — celebrex (celecoxib) or naproxen — less damaging to the heart?

Celecoxib: That's the generic. It is excellent and this week a review of NAIDs indicated that it was among the least likely to cause a severe problem. Unpublished studies indicate it helps several other severe problems noted with aging. Great drug. Don't ignore the benefits of Glucosamine Chondroitin now well proven. Takes about 2 months to work and stays better after. ...Read more

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Which is better for osteoarthritis treatment mobic (meloxicam) or indomethacin?

Which is better for osteoarthritis treatment mobic (meloxicam) or indomethacin?

Different people: Respond differently. A good strategy is to try one for 2 weeks. If it works well, continue. If not, switch to the other for 2wks. ...Read more

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Is mobic (meloxicam) stronger than celebrex?

Is mobic (meloxicam) stronger than celebrex?

The same!: Equal. Individuals respond differently to either/or, but similar in response! ...Read more

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Is celebrex (celecoxib) stronger than meloxicam?

Is celebrex (celecoxib) stronger than meloxicam?

Highly variable: Different people respond to various nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) differently — you can't predict which will be better for you. You have to try them both (at least in my experience). ...Read more

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What is the difference between the arthritis medicines mobic (meloxicam) and celebrex?

Depends.: Celebrex, or celecoxib, las a lower risk of bleeding from the gut, but also is the only NSAID that does not block the effect of low dose Aspirin used to prevent heart disease or stroke. Meloxicam blocks aspirins effect, as do all other drugs like Naproxen (aleve), and Ibuprofen (motrin). Unfortunately, Celebrex remains on patent and is much more expensive. For most, Meloxicam is a good choice. ...Read more

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Can't get Celebrex (celecoxib). Health Care District here prescribes generics. Got Meloxicam instead. Need clarification on what happens at 15mg as opposed to 7.5?

Depends on pt: For most, it is like the difference between 400mg Ibuprofen and 800mg. Some get increased pain relief, some don't notice much of a difference. If still uncomfortable, tell your Dr and give it a try. ...Read more

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What are the pros of taking meloxicam vs taking celebrex (celecoxib)?

What are the pros of taking meloxicam vs taking celebrex (celecoxib)?

see details: There is not a lot of difference except Meloxicam is much cheaper. Both have equivalent benefits and GI risks. ...Read more

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I have osteoarthritis (shoulder) what can I do myself to help? Had meloxicam for 30 days and told the next step would be injections if they don't work

I have osteoarthritis (shoulder) what can I do myself to help? Had meloxicam for 30 days and told the next step would be injections if they don't work

Sounds OK: With no improvement after a month of meloxicam, a corticoteroid (cortisone-like drug) injection in the shoulder is a logical next step. It can be very effective -- often totally pain free in a day or two. The injection itself is simple and not very painful, assuming the doctor is experienced in the procedure. If your doctor recommends it, follow her advice. ...Read more

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What's the difference between mobic, (meloxicam) acroxia and celebrex when used as an anti-inflammatory for musculo-skeletal inflammation?

All NSAIDS: Celebrex and acroxia are more similar since they are cox-2 inhibitors. Mobic (meloxicam) can also block cox-2 at low dose. Ultimately they are all the same. ...Read more

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What is the difference between mobic (meloxicam) and celebrex?

What is the difference between mobic (meloxicam) and celebrex?

Similar: Both are inhibitors of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (cox). There are two forms of this enzyme. Celebrex is considered active against "cox2 only" and Mobic (meloxicam) is considered active against "mostly cox2." this may make them gentler on the stomach than traditional medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. ...Read more

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I stopped taking Celebrex yesterday can I take mobic (meloxicam) today?

I stopped taking Celebrex yesterday can I take mobic (meloxicam) today?

Yes: Assuming no contraindications, yes. Might find mobic (meloxicam) is slightly harder on the stomach. ...Read more

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How long should you wait if switching back to mobic (meloxicam) from celebrex?

No need to wait: Celebrex and mobic, (meloxicam) like all anti-inflammatories, have a short 1/2 life (the time they are active in the body). You do not need to wait before switching. You can switch immediately, just don't take them on the same day. ...Read more

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Is Diclofenac, Meloxicam, or Indomethacin, better for chronic osteoarthritis, and back pain?

Back pain: You must ask your doctor what medication you should use for chronic osteoarthritis.
Has any doctor suggested you wear a back brace?

Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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I got x rays shows I have osteoarthritis in both my knees I'm taking meloxicam, tylenol (acetaminophen) and vicodin just to get threw work how bad is that for me?

I got x rays shows I have osteoarthritis in both my knees I'm taking meloxicam, tylenol (acetaminophen) and vicodin just to get threw work how bad is that for me?

Not good: It is dangerous to rely on narcotics such as vicodin to relieve knee pain. The potential for addiction is significant. Have injectable lubricants been tried? Have nsaids other than Meloxicam been tried? See a rheumatologist if you have not done so already. ...Read more

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Naproxen 500mg, mobic (meloxicam) 7.5mg, acroxia 90mg n celebrex 200mg. Which one doesn't cause anxiety n more effective as anti-inflammatory for joint/ muscle?

Personal Choice: Acroxia is not available in my country, so I can't answer there. For the others, different people have different results and what you end up loving your brother or sister might hate. There is no way to know in advance, just have to try to see! Anxiety if very unusual with all of these. ...Read more

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What is better -- celecoxib or meloxicam?

NSAIDS: Meloxicam and Celecoxib are non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. They are both effective medications. The effectiveness varies from individual to individual. ...Read more

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Tiaprof. Acid, mefenamic acid, diclofenac, meloxicam, peroxicam, celecoxib, which of this nsaids is safest for peptic ulcer and wich safest for child?

Tiaprof. Acid, mefenamic acid, diclofenac, meloxicam, peroxicam, celecoxib, which of this nsaids is safest for peptic ulcer and wich safest for child?

Celecoxib: Clearly the safest for the gut, does not interfere with aspirins heart effects and adds no additional likelyhood of bleeding! Dr. Davis is right about Ibuprofen for kids! ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs ...Read more


Celebrex (Definition)

Celecoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which is a ...Read more