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   Posted 4/17/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anybody take celebrex...Is it safe?....My body is in so much pain, but I am afraid to that my crohn's
will get worse?..

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   Posted 4/17/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
My thought is that Celebrex is an NSAID and most GI's would not recommend taking Celebrex, if at all possible. NSAID's can cause stomach & intestinal bleeding so for Crohn's patients its best to stay away from taking NSAID's.

Having said that, my GI has given me the OK to take Asprin and/or Ibuprophen (NSAID's) as needed so long as I don't take too much of it over a long period of time.

My suggestion would be to ask your GI about it. Celebrex is for Arthritis and there are other drugs that are more Crohn's-friendly that'll help with Arthritis AND Crohn's symptoms at the same time.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date

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   Posted 4/17/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had a badly sprained ankle last year, my doctor put me on Celebrex because he said it was less likely to cause stomach problems than the other NSAIDs. I was only on it for 2 weeks, and it didn't cause any Crohn's problems.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 35f with 2 boys and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.

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   Posted 4/17/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Celebrex is not a typical NSAID. It is a cox 2 inhibitor while the old NSAIDS inhibit 1 and 2. Inhibiting cox 1 is what causes the majority of stomach issues.
Having said that I was unable to take celebrex because it caused edema-it went away as soon as I stopped taking it.

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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to take Celebrex and it didn't bother my stomach (and MANY of the arthritis and pain meds do).  It just didn't help with the arthritis much. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried celebrex when it was new out. I did find it bothered my gut. it helped my knees, but the gut pain was not worth it. I suppose it may depend on what level your CD is active and where you have etc. I just know it caused issues for me.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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