I actually take Celebrex 2x a day (200mg each). I had been on it once a day for arthritis, but my onc said that bc trials are showing that it is being tested as a prevention in bc recurrence. I'm still on it and haven't called his office to see if he's changing his view or not. I feel like we're da***ned if we do and da***ned if we don't. Sure wish we all had some answers.
Well for what it's worth......
I have an unstable spine due to a spinal surgery that went bad. Was supposed to get corrective surgery but got BC instead. I never got my spine fixed. I also have degenerative disk disease and alot of arthritis. To make this even better I can't take narcotics because I get violently ill from them...
I take 550 mg of Anaprox (RX version of Aleve) twice a day. I have to take OTC Zantac with that to protect my stomach. I also have a non-narcotic muscle relaxant called Skelaxin that I take twice a day.
On REALLY BAD DAYS (like when I can't feel/use my leg) I take the pill version of Toradol which is the strongest anti-inflammatory out there.
It is not perfect but it gets me through the day!
Now along with studying Celebrex as a cancer preventative- they are also studying non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (Advil, Aleve). Apparently they block prostaglandin production to reduce inflammation and over-production of prostaglandin is thought to encourage tumors to grow. ( I am sure I have not spelled a few of those words right!)
So you might ask your docs about that if you are worried about these new tests coming out and Celebrex and Bextra being pulled off the market.
I have to add that I also take vitamin E, C and Bromelain for pain and anti-inflammatory effects too.
The last time I saw my PCP I asked her about Celebrex, Vioxx, etc. and she flat out refused to perscribe them. Too hard on the liver, she said. So, it's Aleve or Motrin for me. Cathi, you are so right, they don't make it easy. Hugs to all who hurt, Lauri