What is Celebrex?
Celebrex is a drug manufactured by Pfizer and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 31, 2008, to treat arthritis and pain. Celebrex (Celecoxib), a COX-2 inhibitor non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), was developed and marketed by Pfizer as a safe alternative for chronic pain. It is sold under the brand name Celebrex or Celebra for arthritis and Onsenal for polyps. Other NSAIDS used to treat pain include Ibuprofen, Meloxicam, and Naproxen. Celebrex experienced a boost in sales and prescriptions after Vioxx was withdrawn from the market in September 2004. However, in December 2004, results of an APC trial (Prevention of Sporadic Colorectal Adenomas with Celecoxib) suggested that Celebrex might have the same risks as Vioxx. Pfizer stopped direct-to-consumer advertising of Celebrex, and sales experienced a significant drop. In 2006, Pfizer began advertising Celebrex in magazines and began television advertising in April 2007.
What are the Side Effects of Celebrex?
The less serious and most common side effects of taking the drug Celebrex are fever, sore throat, cough and sneezing. The more serious and less common side effects include chest congestion, a burning sensation in the stomach or chest, decreased appetite, diarrhea, trouble sleeping and flu-like symptoms. Celebrex may also cause anemia, asthma, kidney or liver impairment, ulcers and edema (swelling). But perhaps the most concerning problems related to long-term Celebrex treatment are heart problems which may cause decreased blood flow to the heart, high blood pressure and renal toxicity. In a study conducted by the National Cancer Institute, patients taking 400mg to 800 mg daily had a 2.5 times higher risk of serious heart problems than those taking a sugar pill.
Celebrex Injury Compensation Claims: Lawsuits and Settlements
Celebrex is the last drug in the same class of COX-2 inhibitors as Bextra and Vioxx, which have both been pulled from the market. Pfizer was first sued over Celebrex in February 2006, and since then has paid out hundreds of millions to patients who suffered serious side effects from taking Celebrex. Patients who have been injured from taking the drug Celebrex may be entitled to recover damages for medical care costs, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. If you were prescribed Celebrex and suffered heart complications or stroke, you may have a case against Pfizer. If your doctor prescribed Celebrex despite you having heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, or active ulcers, you could have a case against your doctor or even the pharmacist that filled your prescription. A time limit to file a claim applies under a statute of limitations, so do not hesitate in contacting a qualified dangerous pharmaceuticals lawyer.