Celebrex Overview


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In the last four years, the news has been filled with product liability reports about three non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) designed primarily for the relief of arthritis pain, both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  Those drugs are called Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra, and there were reports of many side effects causing additional pain and suffering, and even death.  As a result, there have been hundreds of lawsuits against the manufacturers for compensation, medical bills, and damages.  However, unlike Vioxx and Bextra, Celebrex has not been removed from the market because there have been fewer complaints, and because the FDA believes the benefits of this product outweigh the dangers.

Celebrex was approved for use in relieving the pain of arthritis by the FDA in 1998.  It was celebrated as an arthritis medication that would minimize the adverse gastrointestinal effects often suffered by those taking other arthritis medications for long periods of time. 

Risks and Symptoms of Celebrex

While there have been fewer specific reports of dangerous side effects from Celebrex, the FDA required Pfizer, the manufacturer of Celebrex, to add a warning label to inform consumers of the possible dangers.  Those dangers are similar to those found for Vioxx and Bextra, including heart attack, stroke, and blood clots.  In addition, there are some less serious side effects, such as:

  • Headache 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Stomach pain 
  • Indigestion 
  • Nausea 
  • Upper respiratory tract infection 
  • Sinus inflammation 

Pfizer cautions consumers to consider carefully taking Celebrex if they are allergic to aspirin, other arthritis medicines, or sulfonamides, and that Celebrex, like other NSAIDs, can cause bleeding ulcers in patients who use them over a long period of time.  However, they have not voluntarily taken Celebrex off the market, nor have they been asked to by the FDA.  They have, however, discontinued advertising on television for the product.

Celebrex Claims and Lawsuits

There have been numerous individual Celebrex Lawsuits filed by those who believe they have been injured by their use of Celebrex.  They have also been included in an announcement by Pfizer in late 2008 concerning nearly $9 million set aside to satisfy claims for damages due to the use of this drug.  There is still time in most states for individuals who believe they have been injured by their use of Celebrex as well, depending on their statute of limitations.  However, the time may be running short, so it would be wise for all such claimants to investigate the possibilities in their state quickly. 

Legal Help from a Lawyer

Product liability claims and personal injury lawsuits are the right of anyone who has been injured as a result of poor design, production, or marketing of a product, including a drug prescribed by their doctor.  However, not all those claims are valid.  Therefore, it is important for possible victims to contact a personal injury or product liability lawyer quickly to ensure that all of their rights are being protected in cases of injury or damage.

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