contains the active ingredient celecoxib
CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about CELAXIB.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking
to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
CELAXIB against the benefits expected for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What CELAXIB is used for
CELAXIB is used to relieve the symptoms of joint pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness
rheumatoid arthritis and
ankylosing spondylitis (a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disorder that primarily affects,
but is not limited to, the spine).
CELAXIB also provides short-term pain relief in conditions such as:
menstrual cramps or period pain
muscle and joint injuries.
CELAXIB belongs to a group of medicines called Coxibs which are used to relieve pain
and inflammation in a number of conditions.
Although CELAXIB can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, it will not cure
Your doctor, however, may have prescribed CELAXIB for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why CELAXIB has been prescribed for
CELAXIB is not recommended for use in children or adolescents under 18 years of age.
This medicine is not expected to affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.
CELAXIB is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take CELAXIB
When you must not take it
Do not take CELAXIB if you:
suffer from chest pains or angina and they occur even when you are resting and are
becoming more frequent, severe, or lasting longer than usual
have or have had problems with your blood circulation
have or if your doctor has told you that you have severe heart or blood vessel disease
affecting the circulation in your brain or limbs
have severe liver problems
Your doctor will decide if your condition is too severe to take this medicine.
have problems with your kidney function
are undergoing cardiac surgery called coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
have had an attack of asthma, hives, itching, skin rash or a runny nose after taking
aspirin, or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs, medicines used to treat
pain and inflammation), including other Coxib medicines
Many medicines used to treat headache, period pain and other aches and pains contain
aspirin or an NSAID.
If you are allergic to aspirin, NSAIDs, or other Coxib medicines and take CELAXIB,
these symptoms may be severe.
have an allergy to:
any medicine containing celecoxib
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
sulfonamides, a group of medicines which include, for example, certain antibiotics
(if you are not sure if you are taking one of these medicines ask your pharmacist).
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include
asthma, wheezing or shortness of breath
swelling of the face, lips, or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or
hives, itching or skin rash
If you are allergic to sulfonamides or
any of the capsule ingredients and
take CELAXIB, these symptoms may be severe.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any of this applies to you. This medicine may not
be suitable for you if any of the conditions below apply to you. You:
are already taking an NSAID
have an ulcer or gastric bleeding
have Irritable Bowel Disease
have heart failure
have had a heart attack, a "mini" stroke or stroke or blood vessel disease affecting
circulation of blood to your brain or limbs, especially in the last 3 months.
Do not give CELAXIB to a child or adolescent under the age of 18 years.
Safety and effectiveness in children and adolescents younger than 18 years have not
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack, even though the
capsules may look alright, or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives
You must tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
your currently have diabetes
high blood pressure
high cholesterol levels
heart failure or history of heart problems
stroke or a history of stroke
problems with the circulation on your limbs
you have any allergies to:
any other medicines
any other substances such as foods, dyes or preservatives.
you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
NSAIDs, which are related medicines, have been associated with reversible infertility
in some women.
Use of NSAIDs in early pregnancy can increase the risk of spontaneous abortion.
There is no information on the use of CELAXIB during pregnancy.
CELAXIB may affect your developing baby if taken during pregnancy. Particular caution
should be exerted from the twentieth week of the pregnancy.
CELAXIB use is not recommended in pregnancy unless your doctor considers it essential.
If you are taking this medicine while pregnant, you may need to be closely monitored
by your doctor.
Discuss any questions you may have with your doctor.
You are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed
Small amounts of celecoxib passes into breast milk, therefore taking this medicine
during breast-feeding should be discussed with your doctor.
you have any other health problems include:
liver or kidney problems
asthma, hives, itching, skin rash or a runny nose
high blood pressure
fluid retention or other medical conditions that can cause fluid retention
peptic ulcer (i.e. stomach or duodenal ulcer), a recent history of one, or have had
peptic ulcers before
vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
bleeding from the rectum (back passage), have black sticky bowel motions (stools)
or bloody diarrhoea
bowel problems, such as ulcerative colitis.
you are taking CELAXIB together with any medicines used to treat high blood pressure
and some other heart problems such as ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor antagonists,
beta blockers and diuretics (also called fluid or water tablets).
When taken together these medicines can cause kidney problems.
you drink large amounts of alcohol
you are a smoker
you currently have an infection.
If you are given CELAXIB while you have an infection, it may hide some of the signs
of an infection.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any
that you get without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and CELAXIB may interfere with each other. These include:
any medicines used to treat high blood pressure and some other heart problems such
as ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor antagonists, beta blockers or diuretics (also
called fluid or water tablets)
digoxin, a medicines used to treat abnormal heart beats and some other heart problems
fluconazole, an antifungal agent
lithium, a medicine used to treat some types of depression
warfarin or similar medicines including Eliquis (apixaban), Xarelto (rivaroxaban)
or Pradaxa (dabigatran), medicines used to stop blood clots
aspirin or salicylates, medicines used to treat pain
antacids, medicines used to treat indigestion
dextromethorphan, a medicine used to treat dry coughs
some medicines used to treat diabetes
methotrexate, a medicine used to treat arthritis and some cancers
cyclosporin, a medicine used to suppress the immune system
corticosteroids such as prednisolone, medicines that are used to reduce inflammation
certain medicines used to treat pain and inflammation called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
These medicines may be affected by CELAXIB or may affect how well it works. You may
need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid while taking this medicine.
How to take CELAXIB
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the label, ask your doctor or pharmacist
How much to take
200 mg once daily or 100 mg twice daily.
100 mg twice daily or 200 mg twice daily.
100 mg twice daily or 200 mg once daily.
Menstrual cramps or period pain
400 mg as a single dose on the first day and 200 mg twice daily on following days.
You may take CELAXIB for up to 5 days.
Muscle and joint injuries or after surgery
400 mg as a first dose followed by 200 mg once or twice daily as required. You may
take CELAXIB for up to 5 days.
How to take it
Swallow the capsules whole with a full glass of water. CELAXIB can be taken with or
When to take it
Take your medicine at about the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you
remember when to take it.
If you need to take an antacid, take it at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after your
dose of CELAXIB.
How long to take it
Depending on your condition, you may need CELAXIB for a few days or for longer periods.
CELAXIB will not cure your condition but should help control pain, swelling and stiffness.
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you to.
It is important to keep taking your medicine even if you feel well.
Do not exceed the dosage recommended by your doctor.
Your risk of developing heart or blood vessel diseases (e.g. heart attack) may increase
with dose and duration of use even if you don't have a history of heart or blood vessel
If you need to take CELAXIB for a long time see your doctor for regular check-ups
so that he/she can monitor your condition and treatment.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next
dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your capsules
as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13
11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you
think that you or anyone else may have taken too much CELAXIB. Do this even if there
are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much CELAXIB, you may feel tired, drowsy, sick, vomit, and have stomach
pain. You may also have difficulty breathing and feel faint.
While you are taking CELAXIB
Things you must do
If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist
that you are taking CELAXIB.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking
It may affect other medicines used during surgery.
If you develop any skin rash (e.g. hives, spots) while being treated with CELAXIB,
contact your doctor immediately.
The onset of these events, if they occur, can occur at any time, but most often occur
in the first month of treatment.
If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this
Things you must not do
Do not take CELAXIB to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as
Do not stop taking your medicine or change the dosage without checking with your doctor.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you have any problems while taking CELAXIB,
even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed
in this leaflet.
Like other medicines, CELAXIB can cause some side effects. Sometimes they are serious,
most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the
If you are over 65 years of age you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following:
stomach pain, diarrhoea, indigestion, wind
swollen hands, ankles and feet, unexplained weight gain
sort throat, runny nose, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection.
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital
if you notice any of the following:
skin rash, including hives, raised red, itchy spots
blistering and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals
swelling, blistering or peeling of the skin, which may be accompanied by fever, chills,
headache, sore throat, diarrhoea, aching joints and muscles
other signs of allergic reaction such as wheezing, swelling of the face, lip, mouth,
tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
collapse or fainting, shortness of breath or tiredness, irregular heartbeat, chest
pain, swollen or sore leg veins
severe stomach or throat pain, vomiting blood or black sticky bowel motions
bleeding or bruising more than usual, reddish or purple blotches under the skin
nausea, lethargy, itchiness, flu-like symptoms or yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
signs of anaemia such as tiredness, being short of breath and looking pale
loss or deterioration of hearing
redness, irritation or watering of the eye(s)
experience sensations with any of the senses (sight, sound, touch, taste or feel)
which may not be real
severe or persistent headache, fever, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and vomiting
sudden severe headache, loss of consciousness, sudden tingling, numbness or paralysis
on one side the face, arm, leg or body, difficulty speaking, understanding, reading
or writing, loss of coordination or balance.
The above list includes serious side effects that may require urgent medical attention.
Not all of these side effects have been reported with CELAXIB but may have been seen
with similar medicines.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.
You may not get any of them.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell,
even if it is not on this list.
After taking CELAXIB
Keep your capsules in the pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the capsules out of the pack they may not keep well.
Keep your capsules in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store CELAXIB or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not
leave it on a window sill or in the car.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed,
ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
What it looks like
CELAXIB 100 mg: A No. 4, blue cap/white body, opaque, hard-shell gelatin capsule filled
with white to off-white powder. Axially printed with MYLAN over CE 100 in black ink.
The 100 mg capsules come in blister packs of 60.
CELAXIB 200 mg: A No. 2, light brown/white body, opaque, hard-shell gelatin capsule
filled with white to off-white powder. Axially printed with MYLAN over CE 200 in black
ink. The 200 mg capsules come in blister packs of 30.
CELAXIB 100 mg contains 100 mg of celecoxib as the active ingredient per capsule.
CELAXIB 200 mg contains 200 mg of celecoxib as the active ingredient per capsule.
CELAXIB capsules also contain the following inactive ingredients:
sodium lauryl sulfate
silica - colloidal anhydrous
The capsule shells also contain the following inactive ingredients:
indigo carmine (100 mg only)
sodium lauryl sulfate
Black imprinting ink S-1-17823
Black iron oxide (200 mg only)
Red iron oxide (200 mg only)
Yellow iron oxide (200 mg only)
This medicine contains lactose and trace quantities of sulfites and phenylalanine.
CELAXIB is supplied in Australia by:
Alphapharm Pty Limited
trading as Viatris
(ABN 93 002 359 739)
Level 1, 30 The Bond
30 - 34 Hickson Road
Millers Point NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9298 3999
Phone: 1800 274 276
Phone: 1800 028 365
Australian registration numbers:
CELAXIB 100 mg:
AUST R 296389
CELAXIB 200 mg:
AUST R 296388
This document was last revised in October 2023.
CELAXIB® is a Viatris company trade mark