Overdosing on celecoxib can lead to emergency medical assistance. And missing doses can interfere with how well celecoxib helps reduce your inflammation and pain. So it’s best if you follow the directions for celecoxib exactly as your doctor and prescription label suggest.
Depending on your condition, your dose of celecoxib may vary.
If you are taking celecoxib for general pain or dysmenorrhea, your doctor may initially prescribe you with 400 mg of the medication. Eventually, this initial prescription will change depending on your doctor’s diagnosis.
If you are taking celecoxib for osteoarthritis, you will likely be instructed to take 200 mg of the medication orally once a day or 100 mg orally twice a day. If you are taking celecoxib for rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor will likely recommend that you take 100 to 200 mg twice a day.
If you are taking celecoxib for familial adenomatous polyposis, you may need to take much more medication — such as 400 mg twice a day.
If you are taking celecoxib for ankylosing spondylitis, your treatment may be much more involved. This treatment could include 200 mg of celecoxib a day or 100 mg twice a day. After six weeks of this routine, if no benefits have occurred, you might be offered a different treatment.
If you are taking celecoxib for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, you’ll likely take a much smaller dose, such as 50 to 100 mg twice a day.
When you are ready to start your dose of celecoxib, you may find it easier to take with food. But you don’t have to. Celecoxib can easily be taken with or without food.
You might find it difficult to swallow celecoxib whole. And if that is the case, you can choose to open the celecoxib capsule and sprinkle its contents into a spoonful of applesauce.
To take the medication right away, swallow the applesauce mixture with water.