anyone taking Celecoxib capsules? are they safe?

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Hi I have some arthritis and inflammation in toes and been given Celecoxib capsules but am not keen to start them because of the high risk factor ( im on blood pressure tabs too) anyone else on these please?

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    I was scared to take the Celebrex my doctor prescribed for me. I looked it up and it is the only one left of a class of drugs which otherwise have been withdrawn from the market. The best of a bad lot I suppose. Is your pain enough for you to need a strong medication in order to function? I first was diagnosed with osteoarthritis when I was 40 and have in the last over thirty years now kept it under control through using glucosamine, obtaining physiotherapy to keep muscles strong (and being good about doing the really boring exercises) and generally trying to eat healthily and keep my weight down to avoid stress on the joints. Vitamin B6 may also be helpful.

    NSAIDS, including aspirin, interfere with cartilage regeneration so shouldn't be taken all the time to manage arthritis, although okay for occasional use, as for a headache.

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      thanks for this it is really helpful. i have decided not to take them as my pain is nowhere near that bad more a hindrance. and it is my knee ( mild damage in middle) which is more troublesome.

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      As Anhaga has stated - avoid NSAID's for arthritis pain - I was on Naproxen and started to get really bad stomach issues so I researched it and I too found out that it inhibits cartilage, which was just the opposite I needed as OA is cartilage degeneration. I now manage my pain without pharmaceuticals and feel much better as a result.

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    Btw I have arthritis in hands and feet, in lumbar and cervical spine (neck quite bad) and a bit in my knees. None, thank goodness, in hips. In spite of this fairly widespread arthritis I have really managed without taking painkillers for OA. I think I am healthier for this. Now whether that will continue to be the case, I don't know but people are often surprised when they find out I have OA as I've been able to keep active. I am now 72.

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      thank you , i have some pain relief cream which is fine so not taking these tabs as pain not warranting it.. I too have a very active life style so will carry on.

      L

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      Yes I was a bit surprised your doctor would prescribe what is a rather iffy medication for your condition. I could understand it (maybe) if you were absolutely riddled with arthritis and barely able to function. Keep moving! Many years ago when we moved to our house the man next door had just retired and he went for long walks every day. He had arthritis in his feet. I think he was able to do that really until the last few months of his life at a great age!

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    Hi there,

    I saw two different pain specialists, both of whom were keen to get me off that tablet asap

    To be perfectly honest, being off them hasn't made a huge difference. I agree with the other reply you received - keep moving and doing those dreadfully dull exercises! I've been really good with them but had a week off last week because I was feeling better (stupid eh?!)....I'm paying for that today .

    I think OA is so complicated and erratic. The only thing we can control is exercise and food. The tablets seem to have so many other complications it puts you off. I do take amitriptyline at night (when I remember)if I've had a particularly bad day and just need a blooming good sleep!

    Am always keen to find out what works for people along these lines, so keep writing!

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