Drug information of Celecoxib


Drug group:

Celecoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Mechanism of effect

Unlike most NSAIDs, which inhibit both types of cyclooxygenases (COX-1 and COX-2), celecoxib is a selective noncompetitive inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme.

The mechanism of action of celecoxib is the inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis through COX-2 inhibition.COX-2 is expressed heavily in inflamed tissues where it is induced by inflammatory mediators. COX-2 also plays physiological roles in a limited number of tissues, including those of the female reproductive tract, the kidney, and possibly the vascular endothelium .


The inhibition of prostaglandin E2 synthesis which (a mediator of pain) results from the inhibition of COX-2, and helps to alleviate pain symptoms.

Celecoxib is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). Due to its lack of platelet effects, celecoxib is not a substitute for aspirin for cardiovascular prophylaxis


Peak plasma time: ≤3 hr

Peak plasma concentration: 705 ng/mL

Protein bound: 97% (principally to albumin; to a lesser extent, to alpha1-acid glycoprotein)

Vd: 400 L

Metabolism: Metabolized in liver by CYP2C9

Metabolites: Carboxylic acid (SC-62807), glucuronide

Half-life: Mild hepatic impairment, 11 hr; chronic renal insufficiency or moderate hepatic impairment, 13.1 hr

Dialyzable: Undetermined

Clearance: 500 mL/min

Excretion: Feces (57%), urine (27%)



Acute Pain & Primary Dysmenorrhea

400 mg PO initially, then 200 mg PRN on first day; 200 mg q12hr PRN on subsequent days

Ankylosing Spondylitis

200 mg PO once daily or divided q12hr; if no effect after 6 weeks, may increase to 400 mg/day; if no adequate resonse observed after 6 weeks of taking 400 mg/day consider discontinuing therapy


200 mg PO once daily or divided q12hr

Rheumatoid Arthritis

100-200 mg PO q12hr


Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

<2 years: Safety and efficacy not established

≥2 years and 10-25 kg: 50 mg PO q12hr

≥2 years and >25 kg: 100 mg PO q12hr

Drug contraindications

Aspirin sensitivity , Chronic hepatitis


Congestive heart failure, hypertension

Caution in asthma (bronchial), bleeding disorder, bronchospasm, duodenal/gastric/peptic ulcer, renal impairment

Long-term administration of NSAIDs may result in renal papillary necrosis and other renal injury; patients at greatest risk include elderly individuals; those with impaired renal function, hypovolemia, heart failure, liver dysfunction, or salt depletion, and those taking diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or angiotensin-receptor blockers

Anemia may occur; monitor hemoglobin or hematorcrit in long term treatment patients

Use caution in pediatrics with systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis; serious adverse reactions, including disseminated intravascular coagulation reported

NSAIDs may cause serious skin reacitons including exfoliative dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis, may occur without warning or without prior known sulfa allergy; discontinue at first sign of rash

Heart Failure(HF) risk

  • NSAIDS have the potential to trigger HF by prostaglandin inhibition that leads to sodium and water retention, increased systemic vascular resistance, and blunted response to diuretics
  • NSAIDS should be avoided or withdrawn whenever possible

Black Box Warnings

Cardiovascular risk

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may increase risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, myocardial infarction (MI), and stroke, which can be fatal
  • Risk may increase with duration of use
  • Patients with existing cardiovascular disease or risk factors for such disease may be at greater risk
  • NSAIDs are contraindicated for perioperative pain in setting of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery

Gastrointestinal risk

  • NSAIDs increase risk of serious gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events, including bleeding, ulceration, and gastric or intestinal perforation, which can be fatal
  • GI adverse events may occur at any time during use and without warning symptoms
  • Elderly patients are at greater risk for serious GI events

Points of recommendation

Take celecoxib exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides. Use the lowest dose that is effective in treating your condition.

You may take celecoxib with or without food.

If you cannot swallow a capsule whole, open it and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow the mixture with water. You may save this applesauce mixture for later use in a refrigerator for up to 6 hours.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Pregnancy level


category: C; D at ≥30 weeks' gestation (may cause premature closure of ductus arteriosus)

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