Discussions that mention celebrex

Arthritis board


Lori,

I have RA and take two medications for the inflammation and one for pain. I take plaquenil which is actually a treatment for malaria but has shown good results for people with chronic inflammation due to RA and Lupus. I also take celebrex 200 mg a day when things get bad. I only take that during periods when the RA is flared up because it is a NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti infammatory drug). I am careful with these as they have been linked to an increas risk of heart attack because they tend to increase your blood pressure by making you retain fluids which increases your fluid load. I take a minor dose hydrocodone 5/500 at night when the pain keeps me from sleeping.

My guess is that many of the drugs you reading about are anti inflammatory drugs, not pain killers although many of us need those from time to time as well, especially as the arthritis progresses.

Hope this helps.

Tony
Hi there, Thanks for the info. I was just really puzzled as I was reading other peoples questions and answers and was repeatedly seeing numerous names of meds I have never even heard of. I am using other meds as well for some other things that I have going on. I use a lot of pain pills regularly and I am unable to use anti-inflammatory meds as I am severely allergic to aspirin. I am also using metropolol to slow down the speed and force of my heart, because, prior to my going on these pills, my "at rest" heart rate was consistently between 102 and 114 beats per minute and I was also experiencing palpitations. It has helped to slow my heart rate down and has already decreased my blood pressure as well. I was recently prescribed the transdermal fentanyl patch to go with the percocet but i had a very bad reaction to the fentanyl---I DO NOT like that stuff at all.:dizzy: Anyway, thanks for your answer. I guess you can see I am new to this site and I have never been on a website like this before but I am finding it quite helpful and enjoyable as well.
Lori:wave:




[QUOTE=Toneman;2846538]Lori,
I have RA and take two medications for the inflammation and one for pain. I take plaquenil which is actually a treatment for malaria but has shown good results for people with chronic inflammation due to RA and Lupus. I also take celebrex 200 mg a day when things get bad. I only take that during periods when the RA is flared up because it is a NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti infammatory drug). I am careful with these as they have been linked to an increas risk of heart attack because they tend to increase your blood pressure by making you retain fluids which increases your fluid load. I take a minor dose hydrocodone 5/500 at night when the pain keeps me from sleeping.

My guess is that many of the drugs you reading about are anti inflammatory drugs, not pain killers although many of us need those from time to time as well, especially as the arthritis progresses.

Hope this helps.

Tony