Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Wanda Gleason, Community Member, asks

Q: My doctor recently prescribed celebrex for treatmnet of Fibromyalgia

I do not see celebrex listed for treatment for fibromyalgia on this site or on fibro site.  Should I be concerned?

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
4/27/10 7:05pm

As the other comment on your question, whatever works. Fiber Mauger is not understood, especially by family doctors and many of them continue to prescribe anti-inflammatories or opiods for fibromyalgia, however, these are generally not considered the best drugs for the condition. Fibromyalgia is not an inflammatory condition, as such, but a neurological condition and therefore, medications designed to treat nerve pain (e.g., Lyrica) tend to be a better treatment option. As well, many of the older antidepressants can work very well for fibromyalgia. For more on the condition and the various treatment options, check out the fibromyalgia area of our Chronic Pain site.


That said, if the Celebrex is dealing with your pain to such a point that you feel you can function at an acceptable level, there is no indication that you shouldn't take it. It is not managing your pain, do some research, check out my post on how to be good self advocate and go back to your doctor and ask for a medication that may be better for your pain.

ronie, Community Member
4/22/10 6:45pm

not if it works for you and doesn't cause side effects.  celebrex doesn't work for me but naproxen does.  Everyone's body reacts differently to meds.  if it works don't worry too much about it.

didi, Community Member
4/28/10 10:41am

You can try drugs to treat your Fibro, but you are better off short term and long term using natural supplements instead. Try Lu Rong, Morinda Supreme and Melia Supreme. Not only will they help your symptoms, but you won't be doing further harm to your body. Find out more at

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By Wanda Gleason, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/09/14, First Published: 04/21/10