Thursday, May 07, 2009 Debie, Community Member, asks

Q: can taking celebrex cause blood clots?

I have a family member that has been taking celebrex for arthritis and has recently had a blood clot and heart attack? 

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
5/ 8/09 12:47pm

All medications have side effects, some more common than others and we all decide which risks are worth the potential benefit of a drug. The Cox-2 inhibitors, which Celebrex is one, may come with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke - remember when Vioxx was taken off the market due to this? However, whether your relative's stroke was directly due to Celebrex or other factors like age, high blood pressure, weight, etc., or combination of two or more factors is difficult to say. I would suggest you speak to a doctor or pharmacist about this to get more accurate information than I can provide.



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