Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Celecoxib
Last updated on June 26, 2019.
GENERIC NAMES: Celecoxib
CHINESE NAME: 希樂葆
COMMON BRAND IN HONG KONG: Celebrex
What is Celecoxib for?
Celecoxib belongs to a class of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen. It has a range of uses, including:
- Pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis
- Pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis
- Dysmenorrhoea (menstrual pain)
- Pain relief
- Ankylosing spondylitis
How to use it?
For pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis
200 mg daily in 1-2 divided doses, then increase if necessary up to 200 mg twice daily, discontinue if no improvement after 2 weeks on maximum dose
For pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis
100 mg twice daily, then increase if necessary to 200 mg twice daily, discontinue if no improvement after 2 weeks on maximum dose
For dysmenorrhoea / pain relief
Initially 400 mg, followed by 200 mg if necessary on the first day; Maintenance: 200 mg twice daily
For ankylosing spondylitis
200 mg daily in 1-2 divided doses, then increase if necessary up to 400 mg daily, discontinue if no improvement after 2 weeks on maximum dose
What are the side effects of Celecoxib?
Like all NSAIDS, the main side effects of Celecoxib are indigestion, nausea, bleeding gastric ulcer, and allergic reaction. With long-term use, Celecoxib can cause kidney injury, bleeding and increase the risk of a cardiovascular event.
Where to buy Celecoxib in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, Celecoxib is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
For detailed information about the use of Celecoxib in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.