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Posted by Don C on March 29, 2000 at 21:59:33:

In Reply to: Re: Celebrex Nightmare posted by Pat B on December 04, 1999 at 04:53:23:

: I am a 56 year old healthy male and was prescribed Celebrex to help a knee problem. I took it for about 3 weeks, and watched my average blood pressure, both diastolic and systolic go up by about 11%. I also felt much less energy than usual and was really push to conduct my normal workouts. I stopped taking it - I'll take the pain not the pill - and will see how long it takes to have my BP go back to normal.

: : I'm a 38 year old male with RA. I was diagnosed
: with the disease 8 years ago while I was in the
: Air Force, which forced me to retire on
: disability. The first bout of RA was severe, but
: with prompt treatment at Walter Reed Hospital in
: D.C.(5mg prednisone, plaguenil, and NSAIDS) got
: the disease activity down to a minimum in about 2
: years, allowing me to eliminate
: : all the meds except plaquenil. Unfortunately, I
: had another flare up of RA last FEB. The doctors
: at the VA Hospital in Richmond put me back on the
: steriods and NSAIDS. The meds were helping
: somewhat, but I still had plently of stiffness and
: the ibuprofen was beginning to cause the formation
: of stomach ulcers. The VA doctors and I decided
: to try CELEBREX.
: : BIG MISTAKE: I took the celebrex(200mg
: twice/day) for about 10 days. It help the
: arthritis quite a bit, but it made my entire
: digestive tract so inflamed I had bloody diarrhea
: and nausea for a week and ended up having to go to
: the ER to get IV fluids. The ER at the VA hospital
: put me on a high prednisone intake(40 mg/day) for
: a month to repair the damage. Luckily, after 4
: days now, I'm feeling a little better and headed
: for recovery.

: My doctor thought I was crazy but my Rhemy agreed with me...After a few months of taking celebrex I started having lower intestinal pains. Since I was alread taking strong pain meds I knew the pains had to be really bad. Also, I started having sinus and upper respiratory problems. They all went away if I didn't take the Celebrex. My local doc asked if I was allergic to sulfa. Who knows. She thought it odd that I could be allergic after taking it for months but I took Relafen for a year before I had an allegic reaction to it. I think it was side effects and not really an allergic reaction to Celebrex. They are listed as possible problems but in very few patients. I hate to think of the ain you went thru by taking the drug, the arthritis is bad enough.

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