Celecoxib Capsules USP 50mg/100mg/200mg Taj Pharma

(Celecoxib)

1.Name of the medicinal product

Celecoxib Capsules USP 50mg/100mg/200mg Taj Pharma

2.Qualitative and quantitative composition

a) Celecoxib Capsules USP 50mg
Each capsule contains:

Celecoxib USP                    50mg
Excipients                            q.s.

b) Celecoxib Capsules USP 100mg
Each capsule contains:

Celecoxib USP                    100mg
Excipients                              q.s.

c) Celecoxib Capsules USP 200mg
Each capsule contains:

Celecoxib USP                    200mg
Excipients                              q.s.

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3.Pharmaceutical form

Capsule, hard.

4.Clinical particulars

4.1 Therapeutic indications

Celebrex is indicated in adults for the symptomatic relief in the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

The decision to prescribe a selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor should be based on an assessment of the individual patient’s overall risks (see sections 4.3 and 4.4).

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Posology

As the cardiovascular (CV) risks of celecoxib may increase with dose and duration of exposure, the shortest duration possible and the lowest effective daily dose should be used. The patient’s need for symptomatic relief and response to therapy should be re-evaluated periodically, especially in patients with osteoarthritis (see sections 4.3, 4.4, 4.8 and 5.1).

Osteoarthritis

The usual recommended daily dose is 200 mg taken once daily or in two divided doses. In some patients, with insufficient relief from symptoms, an increased dose of 200 mg twice daily may increase efficacy. In the absence of an increase in therapeutic benefit after two weeks, other therapeutic options should be considered.

Rheumatoid arthritis

The initial recommended daily dose is 200 mg taken in two divided doses. The dose may, if needed, later be increased to 200 mg twice daily. In the absence of an increase in therapeutic benefit after two weeks, other therapeutic options should be considered.

Ankylosing spondylitis

The recommended daily dose is 200 mg taken once daily or in two divided doses. In a few patients, with insufficient relief from symptoms, an increased dose of 400 mg once daily or in two divided doses may increase efficacy. In the absence of an increase in therapeutic benefit after two weeks, other therapeutic options should be considered.

The maximum recommended daily dose is 400 mg for all indications.

Special populations

Elderly

As in younger adults, 200 mg per day should be used initially. The dose may, if needed, later be increased to 200 mg twice daily. Particular caution should be exercised in elderly with a body weight less than 50 kg (see sections 4.4 and 5.2).

Paediatric population

Celecoxib is not indicated for use in children.

CYP2C9 poor metabolisers

Patients who are known, or suspected to be CYP2C9 poor metabolisers based on genotyping or previous history/experience with other CYP2C9 substrates should be administered celecoxib with caution as the risk of dose-dependent adverse effects is increased. Consider reducing the dose to half the lowest recommended dose (see section 5.2).

Hepatic impairment

Treatment should be initiated at half the recommended dose in patients with established moderate liver impairment with a serum albumin of 25-35 g/l. Experience in such patients is limited to cirrhotic patients (see sections 4.3, 4.4 and 5.2).

Renal impairment

Experience with celecoxib in patients with mild or moderate renal impairment is limited, therefore such patients should be treated with caution (see sections 4.3, 4.4 and 5.2).

Method of administration

Oral use

Celebrex may be taken with or without food. For patients who have difficulty swallowing capsules, the contents of a celecoxib capsule can be added to applesauce, rice gruel, yogurt or mashed banana. To do so, the entire capsule contents must be carefully emptied onto a level teaspoon of cool or room temperature applesauce, rice gruel, yogurt or mashed banana and should be ingested immediately with 240 ml of water. The sprinkled capsule contents on applesauce, rice gruel or yogurt are stable for up to 6 hours under refrigerated conditions (2-8°C). The sprinkled capsule contents on mashed banana should not be stored under refrigerated conditions and should be ingested immediately.

4.3 Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

Known hypersensitivity to sulfonamides.

Active peptic ulceration or gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.

Patients who have experienced asthma, acute rhinitis, nasal polyps, angioneurotic oedema, urticaria or other allergic-type reactions after taking acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including COX-2 inhibitors.

In pregnancy and in women of childbearing potential unless using an effective method of contraception (see section 4.6). Celecoxib has been shown to cause malformations in the two animal species studied (see sections 4.6 and 5.3). The potential for human risk in pregnancy is unknown but cannot be excluded.

Breast-feeding (see sections 4.6 and 5.3).

Severe hepatic dysfunction (serum albumin <25 g/l or Child-Pugh score ≥10).

Patients with estimated creatinine clearance <30 ml/min.

Inflammatory bowel disease.

Congestive heart failure (NYHA II-IV).

Established ischaemic heart disease, peripheral arterial disease and/or cerebrovascular disease.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Gastrointestinal (GI) effects

Upper and lower gastrointestinal complications (perforations, ulcers or bleedings [PUBs]), some of them resulting in fatal outcome, have occurred in patients treated with celecoxib. Caution is advised with treatment of patients most at risk of developing a gastrointestinal complication with NSAIDs; the elderly, patients using any other NSAID or antiplatelet drugs (such as acetylsalicylic acid), or glucocorticoids concomitantly, patients using alcohol, or patients with a prior history of gastrointestinal disease, such as ulceration and GI bleeding.

There is further increase in the risk of gastrointestinal adverse effects for celecoxib (gastrointestinal ulceration or other gastrointestinal complications), when celecoxib is taken concomitantly with acetylsalicylic acid (even at low doses). A significant difference in GI safety between selective COX-2 inhibitors + acetylsalicylic acid vs. NSAIDs + acetylsalicylic acid has not been demonstrated in long-term clinical trials (see section 5.1).

Concomitant NSAID use

The concomitant use of celecoxib and a non-aspirin NSAID should be avoided.

Cardiovascular effects

Increased number of serious cardiovascular (CV) events, mainly myocardial infarction, has been found in a long-term placebo-controlled study in subjects with sporadic adenomatous polyps treated with celecoxib at doses of 200 mg BID and 400 mg BID compared to placebo (see section 5.1).

As the cardiovascular risks of celecoxib may increase with dose and duration of exposure, the shortest duration possible and the lowest effective daily dose should be used. NSAIDs, including COX-2 selective inhibitors, have been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and thrombotic adverse events when taken long term. The exact magnitude of the risk associated with a single dose has not been determined, nor has the exact duration of therapy associated with increased risk. The patient’s need for symptomatic relief and response to therapy should be re-evaluated periodically, especially in patients with osteoarthritis (see sections 4.2, 4.3, 4.8 and 5.1).

Patients with significant risk factors for cardiovascular events (e.g. hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, smoking) should only be treated with celecoxib after careful consideration (see section 5.1).

COX-2 selective inhibitors are not a substitute for acetylsalicylic acid for prophylaxis of cardiovascular thrombo-embolic diseases because of their lack of antiplatelet effects. Therefore, antiplatelet therapies should not be discontinued (see section 5.1).

Fluid retention and oedema

As with other medicinal products known to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis, fluid retention and oedema have been observed in patients taking celecoxib. Therefore, celecoxib should be used with caution in patients with history of cardiac failure, left ventricular dysfunction or hypertension, and in patients with pre-existing oedema from any other reason, since prostaglandin inhibition may result in deterioration of renal function and fluid retention. Caution is also required in patients taking diuretic treatment or otherwise at risk of hypovolaemia.

Hypertension

As with all NSAIDS, celecoxib can lead to the onset of new hypertension or worsening of pre-existing hypertension, either of which may contribute to the increased incidence of cardiovascular events. Therefore, blood pressure should be monitored closely during the initiation of therapy with celecoxib and throughout the course of therapy.

Hepatic and renal effects

Compromised renal or hepatic function and especially cardiac dysfunction are more likely in the elderly and therefore medically appropriate supervision should be maintained.

NSAIDs, including celecoxib, may cause renal toxicity. Clinical trials with celecoxib have shown renal effects similar to those observed with comparator NSAIDs. Patients at greatest risk for renal toxicity are those with impaired renal function, heart failure, liver dysfunction, those taking diuretics, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)-inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists, and the elderly (see section 4.5). Such patients should be carefully monitored while receiving treatment with celecoxib.

Some cases of severe hepatic reactions, including fulminant hepatitis (some with fatal outcome), liver necrosis and, hepatic failure (some with fatal outcome or requiring liver transplant), have been reported with celecoxib. Among the cases that reported time to onset, most of the severe adverse hepatic events developed within one month after initiation of celecoxib treatment (see section 4.8).

If during treatment, patients deteriorate in any of the organ system functions described above, appropriate measures should be taken and discontinuation of celecoxib therapy should be considered.

CYP2D6 inhibition

Celecoxib inhibits CYP2D6. Although it is not a strong inhibitor of this enzyme, a dose reduction may be necessary for individually dose-titrated medicinal products that are metabolised by CYP2D6 (see section 4.5).

CYP2C9 poor metabolisers

Patients known to be CYP2C9 poor metabolisers should be treated with caution (see section 5.2).

Skin and systemic hypersensitivity reactions

Serious skin reactions, some of them fatal, including exfoliative dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis, have been reported very rarely in association with the use of celecoxib (see section 4.8). Patients appear to be at highest risk for these reactions early in the course of therapy: the onset of the reaction occurring in the majority of cases within the first month of treatment. Serious hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylaxis, angioedema and drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), or hypersensitivity syndrome), have been reported in patients receiving celecoxib (see section 4.8). Patients with a history of sulfonamide allergy or any drug allergy may be at greater risk of serious skin reactions or hypersensitivity reactions (see section 4.3). Celecoxib should be discontinued at the first appearance of skin rash, mucosal lesions, or any other sign of hypersensitivity.

General

Celecoxib may mask fever and other signs of inflammation.

Use with oral anticoagulants

In patients on concurrent therapy with warfarin, serious bleeding events, some of them fatal, have been reported. Increased prothrombin time (INR) with concurrent therapy has been reported. Therefore, this should be closely monitored in patients receiving warfarin/coumarin-type oral anticoagulants, particularly when therapy with celecoxib is initiated or celecoxib dose is changed (see section 4.5). Concomitant use of anticoagulants with NSAIDS may increase the risk of bleeding. Caution should be exercised when combining celecoxib with warfarin or other oral anticoagulants, including novel anticoagulants (e.g. apixaban, dabigatran, and rivaroxaban).

Excipients

Celebrex 100 mg and 200 mg capsules contain lactose (149.7 mg and 49.8 mg, respectively). Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Pharmacodynamic interactions

Anticoagulants

Anticoagulant activity should be monitored particularly in the first few days after initiating or changing the dose of celecoxib in patients receiving warfarin or other anticoagulants since these patients have an increased risk of bleeding complications. Therefore, patients receiving oral anticoagulants should be closely monitored for their prothrombin time INR, particularly in the first few days when therapy with celecoxib is initiated or the dose of celecoxib is changed (see section 4.4). Bleeding events in association with increases in prothrombin time have been reported, predominantly in the elderly, in patients receiving celecoxib concurrently with warfarin, some of them fatal.

Anti-hypertensives

NSAIDs may reduce the effect of anti-hypertensive medicinal products including ACE-inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists, diuretics and beta-blockers. As for NSAIDs, the risk of acute renal insufficiency, which is usually reversible, may be increased in some patients with compromised renal function (e.g. dehydrated patients, patients on diuretics, or elderly patients) when ACE-inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists, and/or diuretics are combined with NSAIDs, including celecoxib (see section 4.4). Therefore, the combination should be administered with caution, especially in the elderly. Patients should be adequately hydrated and consideration should be given to monitoring of renal function after initiation of concomitant therapy, and periodically thereafter.

In a 28-day clinical study in patients with lisinopril-controlled Stage I and II hypertension, administration of celecoxib 200 mg BID resulted in no clinically significant increases, when compared to placebo treatment, in mean daily systolic or diastolic blood pressure as determined using 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Among patients treated with celecoxib 200 mg BID, 48 % were considered unresponsive to lisinopril at the final clinic visit (defined as either cuff diastolic blood pressure >90 mmHg or cuff diastolic blood pressure increased >10 % compared to baseline), compared to 27 % of patients treated with placebo; this difference was statistically significant.

Ciclosporin and tacrolimus

Co-administration of NSAIDs and ciclosporin or tacrolimus may increase the nephrotoxic effect of ciclosporin or tacrolimus, respectively. Renal function should be monitored when celecoxib and any of these medicinal products are combined.

Acetylsalicylic acid

Celecoxib can be used with low-dose acetylsalicylic acid but is not a substitute for acetylsalicylic acid for CV prophylaxis. In the submitted studies, as with other NSAIDs, an increased risk of gastrointestinal ulceration or other gastrointestinal complications compared to use of celecoxib alone was shown for concomitant administration of low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (see section 5.1).

Pharmacokinetic interactions

Effects of celecoxib on other medicinal products

CYP2D6 inhibition

Celecoxib is an inhibitor of CYP2D6. The plasma concentrations of medicinal products that are substrates of this enzyme may be increased when celecoxib is used concomitantly. Examples of medicinal products which are metabolised by CYP2D6 are antidepressants (tricyclics and SSRIs), neuroleptics, anti-arrhythmic medicinal products, etc. The dose of individually dose-titrated CYP2D6 substrates may need to be reduced when treatment with celecoxib is initiated or increased if treatment with celecoxib is terminated.

Concomitant administration of celecoxib 200 mg twice daily resulted in 2.6-fold and 1.5-fold increases in plasma concentrations of dextromethorphan and metoprolol (CYP2D6 substrates), respectively. These increases are due to celecoxib inhibition of the CYP2D6 substrate metabolism.

CYP2C19 inhibition

In vitro studies have shown some potential for celecoxib to inhibit CYP2C19 catalysed metabolism. The clinical significance of this in vitro finding is unknown. Examples of medicinal products which are metabolised by CYP2C19 are diazepam, citalopram and imipramine.

Methotrexate

In patients with rheumatoid arthritis celecoxib had no statistically significant effect on the pharmacokinetics (plasma or renal clearance) of methotrexate (in rheumatologic doses). However, adequate monitoring for methotrexate-related toxicity should be considered when combining these two medicinal products.

Lithium

In healthy subjects, co-administration of celecoxib 200 mg twice daily with 450 mg twice daily of lithium resulted in a mean increase in Cmax of 16 % and in area under the curve (AUC) of 18 % of lithium. Therefore, patients on lithium treatment should be closely monitored when celecoxib is introduced or withdrawn.

Oral contraceptives

In an interaction study, celecoxib had no clinically relevant effects on the pharmacokinetics of oral contraceptives (1 mg norethisterone /35 micrograms ethinylestradiol).

Glibenclamide/tolbutamide

Celecoxib does not affect the pharmacokinetics of tolbutamide (CYP2C9 substrate), or glibenclamide to a clinically relevant extent.

Effects of other medicinal products on celecoxib

CYP2C9 poor metabolisers

In individuals who are CYP2C9 poor metabolisers and demonstrate increased systemic exposure to celecoxib, concomitant treatment with CYP2C9 inhibitors such as fluconazole could result in further increases in celecoxib exposure. Such combinations should be avoided in known CYP2C9 poor metabolisers (see sections 4.2 and 5.2).

CYP2C9 inhibitors and inducers

Since celecoxib is predominantly metabolised by CYP2C9 it should be used at half the recommended dose in patients receiving fluconazole. Concomitant use of 200 mg single dose of celecoxib and 200 mg once daily of fluconazole, a potent CYP2C9 inhibitor, resulted in a mean increase in celecoxib Cmax of 60% and in AUC of 130%. Concomitant use of inducers of CYP2C9 such as rifampicin, carbamazepine and barbiturates may reduce plasma concentrations of celecoxib.

Ketoconazole and antacids

Ketoconazole or antacids have not been observed to affect the pharmacokinetics of celecoxib.

Paediatric population

Interaction studies have only been performed in adults.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

Pregnancy

Studies in animals (rats and rabbits) have shown reproductive toxicity, including malformations (see sections 4.3 and 5.3). Inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis might adversely affect pregnancy. Data from epidemiological studies suggest an increased risk of spontaneous abortion after use of prostaglandin synthesis inhibitors in early pregnancy. The potential for human risk in pregnancy is unknown, but cannot be excluded. Celecoxib, as with other medicinal products inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis, may cause uterine inertia and premature closure of the ductus arteriosus during the last trimester.

During the second or third trimester of pregnancy, NSAIDs including celecoxib may cause fetal renal dysfunction which may result in reduction of amniotic fluid volume or oligohydramnios in severe cases. Such effects may occur shortly after treatment initiation and are usually reversible.

Celecoxib is contraindicated in pregnancy and in women who can become pregnant (see sections 4.3 and 4.4). If a woman becomes pregnant during treatment, celecoxib should be discontinued.

Breast-feeding

Celecoxib is excreted in the milk of lactating rats at concentrations similar to those in plasma. Administration of celecoxib to a limited number of lactating women has shown a very low transfer of celecoxib into breast milk. Women who take Celebrex should not breastfeed.

Fertility

Based on the mechanism of action, the use of NSAIDs, including celecoxib, may delay or prevent rupture of ovarian follicles, which has been associated with reversible infertility in some women.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Patients who experience dizziness, vertigo or somnolence while taking Celebrex should refrain from driving or operating machinery.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Adverse reactions are listed by system organ class and ranked by frequency in Table 1, reflecting data from the following sources:

  • Adverse reactions reported in osteoarthritis patients and rheumatoid arthritis patients at incidence rates greater than 0.01 % and greater than those reported for placebo during 12 placebo- and/or active-controlled clinical trials of duration up to 12 weeks at celecoxib daily doses from 100 mg up to 800 mg. In additional studies using non-selective NSAID comparators, approximately 7400 arthritis patients have been treated with celecoxib at daily doses up to 800 mg, including approximately 2300 patients treated for 1 year or longer. The adverse reactions observed with celecoxib in these additional studies were consistent with those for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis patients listed in Table 1.
  • Adverse reactions reported at incidence rates greater than placebo for subjects treated with celecoxib 400 mg daily in long-term polyp prevention trials of duration up to 3 years (the Adenoma Prevention with Celecoxib (APC) and Prevention of Colorectal Sporadic Adenomatous Polyps (PreSAP) trials; see section 5.1, Cardiovascular safety – long-term studies involving patients with sporadic adenomatous polyps).
  • Adverse drug reactions from post-marketing surveillance as spontaneously reported during a period in which an estimated >70 million patients were treated with celecoxib (various doses, durations, and indications). Even though these were identified as reactions from post-marketing reports, trial data was consulted to estimate frequency. Frequencies are based on a cumulative meta-analysis with pooling of trials representing exposure in 38102 patients.

Table 1. Adverse drug reactions in celecoxib clinical trials and surveillance experience (MedDRA preferred terms)1,2

Adverse Drug Reaction Frequency
System Organ Class Very Common

(≥1/10)

Common

(≥1/100 to <1/10)

Uncommon

(≥1/1,000 to <1/100)

Rare

(≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000)

Very Rare

(<1/10,000)

Frequency Not Known (cannot be estimated from available data)
Infections and infestations Sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection, pharyngitis, urinary tract infection
Blood and lymphatic system disorders Anaemia Leukopenia, thrombo-cytopenia Pancytopenia4
Immune system disorders Hyper-sensitivity Anaphylactic shock4, anaphylactic reaction4
Metabolism and nutrition disorders Hyperkalaemia
Psychiatric disorders Insomnia Anxiety, depression, fatigue Confusional state, hallucinations4
Nervous system disorders Dizziness, hypertonia, headache4 Cerebral infarction1, paraesthesia, somnolence Ataxia, dysgeusia Haemorrhage intracranial (including fatal intracranial haemorrhage)4, meningitis aseptic4, epilepsy (including aggravated epilepsy)4, ageusia4, anosmia4
Eye disorders Vision blurred, conjunctivitis4 Eye haemorrhage4 Retinal artery occlusion4, retinal vein occlusion4
Ear and labyrinth disorders Tinnitus, hypoacusis1
Cardiac disorders Myocardial infarction1 Cardiac failure, palpitations, tachycardia Arrhythmia4
Vascular disorders Hyper-tension1 (including aggravated hyper-tension) Pulmonary embolism4, flushing4 Vasculitis4
Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders Rhinitis, cough, dyspnoea1 Bronchospasm4 Pneumonitis4
Gastrointestinal disorders Nausea4, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, flatulence, vomiting1, dysphagia1 Constipation, gastritis, stomatitis, gastrointestinal inflammation (including aggravation of gastrointestinal inflammation), eructation Gastro-intestinal haemorrhage4, duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer, oesophageal ulcer, intestinal ulcer, large intestinal ulcer, intestinal perforation, oesophagitis, melaena, pancreatitis, colitis4
Hepatobiliary disorders Hepatic function abnormal, hepatic enzyme increased (including increased SGOT and SGPT) Hepatitis4 Hepatic failure4 (sometimes fatal or requiring liver transplant), hepatitis fulminant4 (some with fatal outcome), hepatic necrosis4, cholestasis4, hepatitis cholestatic4, jaundice4
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders Rash, pruritus (includes pruritus generalised) Urticaria, ecchymosis4 Angioedema4, alopecia, photo-sensitivity Dermatitis exfoliative4, erythema multiforme4, Stevens-Johnson syndrome4, toxic epidermal necrolysis4, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) 4, acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP)4, dermatitis bullous4
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders Arthralgia4 Muscle spasms (leg cramps) Myositis4
Renal and urinary disorders Blood creatinine increased, blood urea increased Renal failure acute4, hypo-natraemia4 Tubulointerstitial nephritis4, nephrotic syndrome4, glomerulonephritis minimal lesion4
Reproductive system and breast disorders Menstrual disorder4 Infertility female (female fertility decreased)3
General disorders and administrative site conditions Influenza-like illness, oedema peripheral/ fluid retention Face oedema, chest pain4
Injury, poisoning and procedural complications Injury (accidental injury)
1 Adverse drug reactions that occurred in polyp prevention trials, representing subjects treated with celecoxib 400 mg daily in 2 clinical trials of duration up to 3 years (the APC and PreSAP trials). The adverse drug reactions listed above for the polyp prevention trials are only those that have been previously recognised in the post-marketing surveillance experience, or have occurred more frequently than in the arthritis trials.

2 Furthermore, the following previously unknown adverse reactions occurred in polyp prevention trials, representing subjects treated with celecoxib 400 mg daily in 2 clinical trials of duration up to 3 years (the APC and PreSAP trials):

Common: angina pectoris, irritable bowel syndrome, nephrolithiasis, blood creatinine increased, benign prostatic hyperplasia, weight increased. Uncommon: helicobacter infection, herpes zoster, erysipelas, bronchopneumonia, labyrinthitis, gingival infection, lipoma, vitreous floaters, conjunctival haemorrhage, deep vein thrombosis, dysphonia, haemorrhoidal haemorrhage, frequent bowel movements, mouth ulceration, allergic dermatitis, ganglion, nocturia, vaginal haemorrhage, breast tenderness, lower limb fracture, blood sodium increased.

3 Women intending to become pregnant are excluded from all trials, thus consultation of the trial database for the frequency of this event was not reasonable.

4 Frequencies are based on cumulative meta-analysis with pooling of trials representing exposure in 38102 patients.

In final data (adjudicated) from the APC and PreSAP trials in patients treated with celecoxib 400 mg daily for up to 3 years (pooled data from both trials; see section 5.1 for results from individual trials), the excess rate over placebo for myocardial infarction was 7.6 events per 1,000 patients (uncommon) and there was no excess rate for stroke (types not differentiated) over placebo.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions.

4.9 Overdose

There is no clinical experience of overdose. Single doses up to 1200 mg and multiple doses up to 1200 mg twice daily have been administered to healthy subjects for nine days without clinically significant adverse effects. In the event of suspected overdose, appropriate supportive medical care should be provided e.g. by eliminating the gastric contents, clinical supervision and, if necessary, the institution of symptomatic treatment. Dialysis is unlikely to be an efficient method of medicinal product removal due to high protein binding.

5.Pharmacological properties

5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and antirheumatic drugs, NSAIDs, Coxibs.

Mechanism of action

Celecoxib is an oral, selective, COX-2 inhibitor within the clinical dose range (200-400 mg daily). No statistically significant inhibition of COX-1 (assessed as ex vivo inhibition of thromboxane B2 [TxB2] formation) was observed in this dose range in healthy volunteers.

Pharmacodynamic effects

Cyclooxygenase is responsible for generation of prostaglandins. Two isoforms, COX-1 and COX-2, have been identified. COX-2 is the isoform of the enzyme that has been shown to be induced by pro-inflammatory stimuli and has been postulated to be primarily responsible for the synthesis of prostanoid mediators of pain, inflammation, and fever. COX-2 is also involved in ovulation, implantation and closure of the ductus arteriosus, regulation of renal function, and central nervous system functions (fever induction, pain perception and cognitive function). It may also play a role in ulcer healing. COX-2 has been identified in tissue around gastric ulcers in humans but its relevance to ulcer healing has not been established.

The difference in antiplatelet activity between some COX-1 inhibiting NSAIDs and COX-2 selective inhibitors may be of clinical significance in patients at risk of thrombo-embolic reactions. COX-2 selective inhibitors reduce the formation of systemic (and therefore possibly endothelial) prostacyclin without affecting platelet thromboxane.

Celecoxib is a diaryl-substituted pyrazole, chemically similar to other non-arylamine sulfonamides (e.g. thiazides, furosemide) but differs from arylamine sulfonamides (e.g. sulfamethoxizole and other sulfonamide antibiotics).

A dose-dependent effect on TxB2 formation has been observed after high doses of celecoxib. However, in healthy subjects, in small multiple dose studies with 600 mg BID (three times the highest recommended dose) celecoxib had no effect on platelet aggregation and bleeding time compared to placebo.

Clinical efficacy and safety

Several clinical studies have been performed confirming efficacy and safety in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Celecoxib was evaluated for the treatment of the inflammation and pain of osteoarthritis of the knee and hip in approximately 4200 patients in placebo and active controlled trials of up to 12 weeks duration. It was also evaluated for treatment of the inflammation and pain of rheumatoid arthritis in approximately 2100 patients in placebo and active controlled trials of up to 24 weeks duration. Celecoxib at daily doses of 200 mg – 400 mg provided pain relief within 24 hours of dosing. Celecoxib was evaluated for the symptomatic treatment of ankylosing spondylitis in 896 patients in placebo and active controlled trials of up to 12 weeks duration. Celecoxib at doses of 100 mg BID, 200 mg QD, 200 mg BID and 400 mg QD in these studies demonstrated significant improvement in pain, global disease activity and function in ankylosing spondylitis.

Five randomised double-blind controlled studies have been conducted including scheduled upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in approximately 4500 patients free from initial ulceration (celecoxib doses from 50 mg – 400 mg BID). In twelve week endoscopy studies celecoxib (100 – 800 mg per day) was associated with a significantly lower risk of gastroduodenal ulcers compared with naproxen (1000 mg per day) and ibuprofen (2400 mg per day). The data were inconsistent in comparison with diclofenac (150 mg per day). In two of the 12-week studies the percentage of patients with endoscopic gastroduodenal ulceration was not significantly different between placebo and celecoxib 200 mg BID and 400 mg BID.

In a prospective long-term safety outcome study (6 to 15 month duration, CLASS study), 5,800 osteoarthritis and 2,200 rheumatoid arthritis patients received celecoxib 400 mg BID (4-fold and 2-fold the recommended osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis doses, respectively), ibuprofen 800 mg TID or diclofenac 75 mg BID (both at therapeutic doses). Twenty-two percent of enrolled patients took concomitant low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (≤325 mg/day), primarily for CV prophylaxis. For the primary endpoint complicated ulcers (defined as gastrointestinal bleeding, perforation or obstruction) celecoxib was not significantly different than either ibuprofen or diclofenac individually. Also for the combined NSAID group there was no statistically significant difference for complicated ulcers (relative risk 0.77, 95 % CI 0.41-1.46, based on entire study duration). For the combined endpoint, complicated and symptomatic ulcers, the incidence was significantly lower in the celecoxib group compared to the NSAID group, relative risk 0.66, 95 % CI 0.45-0.97 but not between celecoxib and diclofenac. Those patients on celecoxib and concomitant low-dose acetylsalicylic acid experienced 4-fold higher rates of complicated ulcers as compared to those on celecoxib alone. The incidence of clinically significant decreases in haemoglobin (>2 g/dL), confirmed by repeat testing, was significantly lower in patients on celecoxib compared to the NSAID group, relative risk 0.29, 95 % CI 0.17- 0.48. The significantly lower incidence of this event with celecoxib was maintained with or without acetylsalicylic acid use.

In a prospective randomised 24 week safety study in patients who were aged ≥60 years or had a history of gastroduodenal ulcers (users of ASA excluded), the percentages of patients with decreases in haemoglobin (≥2 g/dL) and/or haematocrit (≥10 %) of defined or presumed GI origin were lower in patients treated with celecoxib 200 mg twice daily (N=2238) compared to patients treated with diclofenac SR 75 mg twice daily plus omeprazole 20 mg once daily (N=2246) (0.2 % vs. 1.1 % for defined GI origin, p = 0.004; 0.4 % vs. 2.4 % for presumed GI origin, p = 0.0001). The rates of clinically manifest GI complications such as perforation, obstruction or haemorrhage were very low with no differences between the treatment groups (4-5 per group).

Cardiovascular safety – long-term studies involving subjects with sporadic adenomatous polyps

Two studies involving subjects with sporadic adenomatous polyps were conducted with celecoxib i.e., the APC trial (Adenoma Prevention with Celecoxib) and the PreSAP trial (Prevention of Spontaneous Adenomatous Polyps). In the APC trial, there was a dose-related increase in the composite endpoint of CV death, myocardial infarction, or stroke (adjudicated) with celecoxib compared to placebo over 3 years of treatment. The PreSAP trial did not demonstrate a statistically significant increased risk for the same composite endpoint.

In the APC trial, the relative risks compared to placebo for a composite endpoint (adjudicated) of CV death, myocardial infarction, or stroke were 3.4 (95 % CI 1.4 – 8.5) with celecoxib 400 mg twice daily and 2.8 (95 % CI 1.1 – 7.2) with celecoxib 200 mg twice daily. Cumulative rates for this composite endpoint over 3 years were 3.0 % (20/671 subjects) and 2.5 % (17/685 subjects) respectively, compared to 0.9 % (6/679 subjects) for placebo. The increases for both celecoxib dose groups versus placebo were mainly due to an increased incidence of myocardial infarction.

In the PreSAP trial, the relative risk compared to placebo for this same composite endpoint (adjudicated) was 1.2 (95 % CI 0.6 – 2.4) with celecoxib 400 mg once daily compared to placebo. Cumulative rates for this composite endpoint over 3 years were 2.3 % (21/933 subjects) and 1.9 % (12/628 subjects), respectively. The incidence of myocardial infarction (adjudicated) was with1.0 % (9/933 subjects) with celecoxib 400 mg once daily and 0.6 % (4/628 subjects) with placebo.

Data from a third long-term study, ADAPT (The Alzheimer’s Disease Anti-inflammatory Prevention Trial), did not show a significantly increased CV risk with celecoxib 200 mg BID compared to placebo. The relative risk compared to placebo for a similar composite endpoint (CV death, myocardial infarction, stroke) was 1.14 (95 % CI 0.61 – 2.15) with celecoxib 200 mg twice daily. The incidence of myocardial infarction was 1.1 % (8/717 patients) with celecoxib 200 mg twice daily and 1.2 % (13/1070 patients) with placebo.

Prospective Randomised Evaluation of Celecoxib Integrated Safety vs. Ibuprofen Or Naproxen (PRECISION)

The PRECISION study was a double-blind study of cardiovascular safety in OA or RA patients with or at high risk for cardiovascular disease comparing Celecoxib (200-400 mg daily) with Naproxen (750-1000 mg daily) and Ibuprofen (1800-2400 mg daily). The primary endpoint, Antiplatelet Trialists Collaboration (APTC), was an independently adjudicated composite of cardiovascular death (including hemorrhagic death), non-fatal myocardial infarction or non-fatal stroke. The study was planned with 80% power to evaluate non-inferiority. All patients were prescribed open-label esomeprazole (20-40 mg) for gastro protection. Patients who were taking low-dose aspirin were permitted to continue therapy, at baseline nearly half of the subjects were on aspirin. Secondary and tertiary endpoints included cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal outcomes. The Average Dose dispensed was 209±37 mg/day for Celecoxib, 2045±246 for Ibuprofen and 852±103 for Naproxen.

Regarding the primary endpoint, Celecoxib, as compared with either naproxen or ibuprofen, met all four pre-specified non-inferiority requirements, see Table 2.

Other independently adjudicated secondary and tertiary endpoints included cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal outcomes. Additionally, there was a 4-month substudy focusing on the effects of the three drugs on blood pressure as measured by ambulatory monitoring (ABPM).

Table 2. Primary Analysis of the Adjudicated APTC Composite Endpoint

Intent-To-Treat Analysis (ITT, through month 30)
Celecoxib 100-200 mg bid Ibuprofen 600-800 mg tid Naproxen 375-500 mg bid
N 8,072 8,040 7,969
Subjects with Events 188 (2.3%) 218 (2.7%) 201 (2.5%)
Pairwise Comparison Celecoxib vs. Naproxen Celecoxib vs. Ibuprofen Ibuprofen vs. Naproxen
HR (95% CI) 0.93 (0.76, 1.13) 0.86 (0.70, 1.04) 1.08 (0.89, 1.31)
Modified Intent-To-Treat Analysis (mITT, on treatment through month 43)
Celecoxib 100-200 mg bid Ibuprofen 600-800 mg tid Naproxen 375-500 mg bid
N 8,030 7,990 7,933
Subjects with Events 134 (1.7%) 155 (1.9%) 144 (1.8%)
Pairwise Comparison Celecoxib vs. Naproxen Celecoxib vs. Ibuprofen Ibuprofen vs. Naproxen
HR (95% CI) 0.90 (0.72, 1.14) 0.81 (0.64, 1.02) 1.12 (0.889, 1.40)

The results were overall numerically similar in the celecoxib and comparator groups for the secondary and tertiary endpoints and there were overall no unexpected safety findings.

Taken together the PRECISION study indicates that celecoxib at the lowest approved dose of 100 mg twice daily is non-inferior to ibuprofen dosed in the range of 600 mg-800 mg three times daily or naproxen dosed in the range of 375 mg-500 mg twice daily with respect to cardiovascular adverse effects. The cardiovascular risks of the NSAID class, including coxibs, are dose-dependent, therefore, the results for celecoxib 200 mg daily on the composite cardiovascular endpoint cannot be extrapolated to dosing regimens using the higher doses of celecoxib.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Absorption

Celecoxib is well absorbed reaching peak plasma concentrations after approximately 2-3 hours. Dosing with food (high fat meal) delays absorption of celecoxib by about 1 hour resulting in a Tmax of about 4 hours and increases bioavailability by about 20%.

In healthy adult volunteers, the overall systemic exposure (AUC) of celecoxib was equivalent when celecoxib was administered as intact capsule or capsule contents sprinkled on applesauce. There were no significant alterations in Cmax, Tmax or T1/2 after administration of capsule contents on applesauce.

Distribution

Plasma protein binding is about 97 % at therapeutic plasma concentrations and the medicinal product is not preferentially bound to erythrocytes.

Biotransformation

Celecoxib metabolism is primarily mediated via cytochrome P450 2C9. Three metabolites, inactive as COX-1 or COX-2 inhibitors, have been identified in human plasma i.e., a primary alcohol, the corresponding carboxylic acid and its glucuronide conjugate.

Cytochrome P450 2C9 activity is reduced in individuals with genetic polymorphisms that lead to reduced enzyme activity, such as those homozygous for the CYP2C9*3 polymorphism.

In a pharmacokinetic study of celecoxib 200 mg administered once daily in healthy volunteers, genotyped as either CYP2C9*1/*1, CYP2C9*1/*3, or CYP2C9*3/*3, the median Cmax and AUC0-24 of celecoxib on day 7 were approximately 4-fold and 7-fold, respectively, in subjects genotyped as CYP2C9*3/*3 compared to other genotypes. In three separate single dose studies, involving a total of 5 subjects genotyped as CYP2C9*3/*3, single-dose AUC0-24 increased by approximately 3-fold compared to normal metabolisers. It is estimated that the frequency of the homozygous *3/*3 genotype is 0.3-1.0 % among different ethnic groups.

Patients who are known, or suspected to be CYP2C9 poor metabolisers based on previous history/experience with other CYP2C9 substrates should be administered celecoxib with caution (see section 4.2).

No clinically significant differences were found in PK parameters of celecoxib between elderly African-Americans and Caucasians.

The plasma concentration of celecoxib is approximately 100 % increased in elderly women (>65 years).

Compared to subjects with normal hepatic function, patients with mild hepatic impairment had a mean increase in Cmax of 53 % and in AUC of 26 % of celecoxib. The corresponding values in patients with moderate hepatic impairment were 41 % and 146 % respectively. The metabolic capacity in patients with mild to moderate impairment was best correlated to their albumin values. Treatment should be initiated at half the recommended dose in patients with moderate liver impairment (with serum albumin 25-35 g/l). Patients with severe hepatic impairment (serum albumin <25 g/l) have not been studied and celecoxib is contraindicated in this patient group.

There is little experience of celecoxib in renal impairment. The pharmacokinetics of celecoxib has not been studied in patients with renal impairment but is unlikely to be markedly changed in these patients. Thus caution is advised when treating patients with renal impairment. Severe renal impairment is contraindicated.

Elimination

Celecoxib is mainly eliminated by metabolism. Less than 1 % of the dose is excreted unchanged in urine. The inter-subject variability in the exposure of celecoxib is about 10-fold. Celecoxib exhibits dose- and time-independent pharmacokinetics in the therapeutic dose range. Elimination half-life is 8-12 hours. Steady state plasma concentrations are reached within 5 days of treatment.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Non-clinical safety data revealed no special hazard for humans based on conventional studies of repeated dose toxicity, mutagenicity or carcinogenicity beyond those addressed in section 4.4, 4.6, and 5.1 of the SmPC.

Celecoxib at oral doses ≥150 mg/kg/day (approximately 2-fold human exposure at 200 mg twice daily as measured by AUC0-24), caused an increased incidence of ventricular septal defects, a rare event, and foetal alterations, such as ribs fused, sternebrae fused and sternebrae misshapen when rabbits were treated throughout organogenesis. A dose-dependent increase in diaphragmatic hernias was observed when rats were given celecoxib at oral doses ≥30 mg/kg/day (approximately 6-fold human exposure based on the AUC0-24 at 200 mg twice daily) throughout organogenesis. These effects are expected following inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis. In rats, exposure to celecoxib during early embryonic development resulted in pre-implantation and post-implantation losses, and reduced embryo/foetal survival.

Celecoxib was excreted in rat milk. In a peri-post natal study in rats, pup toxicity was observed.

In a 2 year toxicity study an increase in nonadrenal thrombosis was observed in male rat at high doses.

6.Pharmaceutical particulars

6.1 List of excipients

Capsules content

lactose monohydrate, sodium laurilsulfate povidone, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate.

Capsule shells

Gelatin,

titanium dioxide E171,

sodium laurilsulfate,

sorbitan monolaurate.

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

3 years.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 30°C.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Clear or opaque PVC/aluminium blisters. Pack of 2, 5, 6, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 100, 10×10, 10×30, 10×50, 1×50 unit dose, 1×100 unit dose, 5x(10×10).

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

7.Manufactured in India by:
TAJ PHARMACEUTICALS LTD.
Mumbai, India
Unit No. 214.Old Bake House,
Maharashtra chambers of  Commerce Lane,
Fort, Mumbai – 400001
at:Gujarat, INDIA.
Customer Service and Product Inquiries:
1-800-TRY-FIRST (1-800-222-434 & 1-800-222-825)
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                                                                            Celecoxib Capsules USP 50mg/100mg/200mg Taj Pharma

(Celecoxib)

Package leaflet: Information for the user

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet

  1. What Celecoxib Capsules is and what it is used for
  2. What you need to know before you take Celecoxib Capsules
  3. How to take Celecoxib Capsules
  4. Possible side effects
  5. How to store Celecoxib Capsules
    6.Contents of the pack and other information

1.What Celecoxib Capsules is and what it is used for

Celecoxib Capsules is used in adults for the relief of signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

Celecoxib Capsules belongs to a group of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), and specifically a sub-group known as cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors. Your body makes prostaglandins that may cause pain and inflammation. In conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis your body makes more of these. Celecoxib Capsules acts by reducing the production of prostaglandins, thereby reducing the pain and inflammation.

You should expect your medicine to start working within hours of taking the first dose, but you may not experience a full effect for several days.

2. What you need to know before you take Celecoxib Capsules

You have been prescribed Celecoxib Capsules by your doctor. The following information will help you get the best results with Celecoxib Capsules. If you have any further questions please ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not take Celecoxib Capsules

Tell your doctor if any of the following are true for you as patients with these conditions should not take Celecoxib Capsules.

  • if you are allergic to celecoxib or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
  • if you have had an allergic reaction to a group of medicines called “sulfonamides” (e.g. some antibiotics used to treat infections)
  • if you currently have an ulcer in your stomach or intestines, or bleeding in your stomach or intestines
  • if as a result of taking acetylsalicylic acid or any other anti-inflammatory and painrelieving medicine (NSAID) you have had asthma, nose polyps, severe nose congestion, or an allergic reaction such as an itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, breathing difficulties or wheezing
  • if you are pregnant. If you can become pregnant during ongoing treatment you should discuss methods of contraception with your doctor
  • if you are breast-feeding
  • if you have severe liver disease
  • if you have severe kidney disease
  • if you have an inflammatory disease of the intestines such as ulcerative colitis or

Crohn’s disease

  • if you have heart failure, established ischaemic heart disease, or cerebrovascular disease, e.g. you have been diagnosed with a heart attack, stroke, or transient ischaemic attack (temporary reduction of blood flow to the brain; also known as “mini-stroke”), angina, or blockages of blood vessels to the heart or brain
  • if you have or have had problems with your blood circulation (peripheral arterial disease) or if you have had surgery on the arteries of your legs.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Celecoxib Capsules:

  • if you have previously had an ulcer or bleeding in your stomach or intestines. (Do not take Celecoxib Capsules if you currently have an ulcer or bleeding in your stomach or intestine)
  • if you are taking acetylsalicylic acid (even at low dose for heart protective purposes)
  • if you are taking antiplatelet therapies
  • if you use medicines to reduce blood clotting (e.g. warfarin/warfarin like anticoagulants

or novel oral anti-clotting medicines, e.g. apixaban)

  • if you use medicines called corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone)
  • if you are using Celecoxib Capsules at the same time as other non-acetylsalicylic NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or diclofenac. The use of these medicines together should be avoided
  • if you smoke, have diabetes, raised blood pressure or raised cholesterol
  • if your heart, liver or kidneys are not working well your doctor may want to keep a regular check on you
  • if you have fluid retention (such as swollen ankles and feet)
  • if you are dehydrated, for instance due to sickness, diarrhoea or the use of diuretics (used to treat excess fluid in the body)
  • if you have had a serious allergic reaction or a serious skin reaction to any medicines
  • if you feel ill due to an infection or think you have an infection, as Celecoxib Capsules may mask a fever or other signs of infection and inflammation
  • if you are over 65 years of age your doctor will want to monitor you regularly
  • the consumption of alcohol and NSAIDs may increase the risk of gastrointestinal

Problems

As with other NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen or diclofenac) this medicine may lead to an increase in

blood pressure, and so your doctor may ask to monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis.

Some cases of severe liver reactions, including severe liver inflammation, liver damage, liver failure (some with fatal outcome or requiring liver transplant), have been reported with celecoxib.

Of the cases that reported time to onset, most severe liver reactions occurred within one month of start of treatment.

Celecoxib Capsules may make it more difficult to become pregnant. You should inform your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or if you have problems to become pregnant (see section on Pregnancy and breast-feeding).

Other medicines and Celecoxib Capsules

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines:

  • Dextromethorphan (used to treat coughs)
  • ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II antagonists, beta blockers and diuretics (used for high blood pressure and heart failure)
  • Fluconazole and rifampicin (used to treat fungal and bacterial infections)
  • Warfarin or other warfarin like medicines (“blood-thinning” agents that reduce blood clotting) including newer medicines like apixaban
  • Lithium (used to treat some types of depression)
  • Other medicines to treat depression, sleep disorders, high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat
  • Neuroleptics (used to treat some mental disorders)
  • Methotrexate (used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and leukaemia)
  • Carbamazepine (used to treat epilepsy/seizures and some forms of pain or depression)
  • Barbiturates (used to treat epilepsy/seizures and some sleep disorders)
  • Ciclosporin and tacrolimus (used for immune system suppression e.g. after transplants)

Celecoxib Capsules can be taken with low dose acetylsalicylic acid (75 mg or less daily). Ask your doctor for advice before taking both medicines together.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

Pregnancy

Celecoxib Capsules must not be used by women who are pregnant or can become pregnant (i.e. women of child bearing potential who are not using adequate contraception) during ongoing treatment. If you become pregnant during treatment with Celecoxib Capsules you should discontinue the treatment and contact your doctor for alternative treatment.

Breast-feeding

Celecoxib Capsules must not be used during breast-feeding.

Fertility

NSAIDs, including Celecoxib Capsules, may make it more difficult to become pregnant. You should tell your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or if you have problems becoming pregnant.

Driving and using machines

You should be aware of how you react to Celecoxib Capsules before you drive or operate machinery. If you feel dizzy or drowsy after taking Celecoxib Capsules, do not drive or operate machinery until these effects wear off.

Celecoxib Capsules contains lactose

Celecoxib Capsules contains lactose (a type of sugar). If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

3.How to take Celecoxib Capsules

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your

doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. If you think or feel that the effect of Celecoxib Capsules is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Your doctor will tell you what dose you should take. As the risk of side effects associated with heart problems may increase with dose and duration of use, it is important that you use the lowest dose that controls your pain and you should not take Celecoxib Capsules for longer than necessary to control symptoms.

Method of administration:

Celecoxib Capsules is for oral use. The capsules can be taken at any time of the day, with or without food.

However, try to take each dose of Celecoxib Capsules at the same time each day.

If you have difficulty swallowing capsules: The entire capsule contents can be sprinkled onto a level teaspoon of semi-solid food (such as cool or room temperature applesauce, rice gruel, yogurt or mashed banana) and swallowed immediately with a drink approximately 240 ml of water.

To open the capsule, hold upright to contain the granules at the bottom then gently squeeze the top and twist to remove, taking care not to spill the contents. Do not chew or crush the granules.

Contact your doctor within two weeks of starting treatment if you do not experience any benefit.

The recommended dose is:

For osteoarthritis the recommended dose is 200 mg each day, increased by your doctor to a maximum of 400 mg, if needed.

The dose is usually:

◼ one 200 mg capsule once a day; or

◼ one 100 mg capsule twice a day.

For rheumatoid arthritis the recommended dose is 200 mg each day, increased by your doctor to a maximum of 400 mg, if needed.

The dose is usually:

◼ one 100 mg capsule twice a day.

For ankylosing spondylitis the recommended dose is 200 mg each day, increased by your doctor to a maximum of 400 mg, if needed.

The dose is usually:

◼ one 200 mg capsule once a day; or

◼ one 100 mg capsule twice a day.

Kidney or liver problems: make sure your doctor knows if you have liver or kidney problems as you may need a lower dose.

The elderly, especially those with a weight less than 50 kg: if you are over 65 years of age and especially if you weigh less than 50 kg, your doctor may want to monitor you more closely.

You should not take more than 400 mg per day.

Use in children

Celecoxib Capsules is for adults only, it is not for use in children.

If you take more Celecoxib Capsules than you should

You should not take more capsules than your doctor tells you to. If you take too many capsules contact your doctor, pharmacist or hospital and take your medicine with you.

If you forget to take Celecoxib Capsules

If you forget to take a capsule, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you stop taking Celecoxib Capsules

Suddenly stopping your treatment with Celecoxib Capsules may lead to your symptoms getting worse. Do not stop taking Celecoxib Capsules unless your doctor tells you to. Your doctor may tell you to reduce the dose over a few days before stopping completely.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

  1. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

The side effects listed below were observed in arthritis patients who took Celecoxib Capsules. Side effects marked with an asterisk (*) are listed below at the higher frequencies that occurred in patients who took Celecoxib Capsules to prevent colon polyps. Patients in these studies took

Celecoxib Capsules at high doses and for a long duration.

If any of the following happen, stop taking Celecoxib Capsules and tell your doctor immediately:

If you have:

– an allergic reaction such as skin rash, swelling of the face, wheezing or difficulty breathing

– heart problems such as pain in the chest

– severe stomach pain or any sign of bleeding in the stomach or intestines, such as passing black or bloodstained stools, or vomiting blood

– a skin reaction such as rash, blistering or peeling of the skin

– liver failure (symptoms may include nausea (feeling sick), diarrhoea, jaundice (your skin or the whites of your eyes look yellow)).

Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people

  • High blood pressure, including worsening of existing high blood pressure *

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • Heart attack*
  • Fluid build up with swollen ankles, legs and/or hands
  • Urinary infections
  • Shortness of breath*, sinusitis (sinus inflammation, sinus infection, blocked or painful sinuses), blocked or runny nose, sore throat, coughs, colds, flu-like symptoms
  • Dizziness, difficulty sleeping
  • Vomiting*, stomach ache, diarrhoea, indigestion, wind
  • Rash, itching
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty swallowing*
  • Headache
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Painful joints
  • Worsening of existing allergies
  • Accidental injury

Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • Stroke*
  • Heart failure, palpitations (awareness of heart beat), fast heart rate
  • Abnormalities in liver-related blood tests
  • Abnormalities in kidney-related blood tests
  • Anaemia (changes in red blood cells that can cause fatigue and breathlessness)
  • Anxiety, depression, tiredness, drowsiness, tingling sensations (pins and needles)
  • High levels of potassium in blood test results (can cause nausea (feeling sick), fatigue, muscle

weakness or palpitations)

  • Impaired or blurred vision, ringing in the ears, mouth pain and sores, difficulty hearing*
  • Constipation, burping, stomach inflammation (indigestion, stomach ache or vomiting), worsening of inflammation of the stomach or intestine
  • Leg cramps
  • Raised itchy rash (hives)
  • Eye inflammation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Skin discolouration (bruising)
  • Chest pain (generalised pain not related to the heart)
  • Face swelling

Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people

  • Ulcers (bleeding) in the stomach, gullet or intestines; or rupture of the intestine (can cause stomach ache, fever, nausea, vomiting, intestinal blockage), dark or black stools, inflammation of the pancreas (can lead to stomach pain), inflammation of the gullet(oesophagus)
  • Low levels of sodium in the blood (a condition known as hyponatraemia)
  • Reduced number of white blood cells (which help to protect the body from infection) or blood platelets (increased chance of bleeding or bruising)
  • Difficulty coordinating muscular movements
  • Feeling confused, changes in the way things taste
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Loss of hair
  • Hallucinations
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Acute reaction that may lead to lung inflammation
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Flushing
  • Blood clot in the blood vessels in the lungs. Symptoms may include sudden breathlessness, sharp pains when you breathe or collapse
  • Bleeding of the stomach or intestines (can lead to bloody stools or vomiting), inflammation of the intestine or colon
  • Severe liver inflammation (hepatitis). Symptoms may include nausea (feeling sick), diarrhoea, jaundice (yellow discolouration of the skin or eyes), dark urine, pale stools, bleeding easily, itching or chills
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Menstrual disturbances
  • Swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat, or difficulty swallowing

Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people

  • Serious allergic reactions (including potentially fatal anaphylactic shock)
  • Serious skin conditions such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, exfoliative dermatitis and toxic epidermal necrolysis (can cause rash, blistering or peeling of the skin) and acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis (symptoms include the skin becoming red with swollen areas covered in numerous small pustules)
  • A delayed allergic reaction with possible symptoms such as rash, swelling of the face, fever, swollen glands, and abnormal test results (e.g., liver, blood cell (eosinophilia, a type of raised white blood cell count))
  • Bleeding within the brain causing death
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord)
  • Liver failure, liver damage and severe liver inflammation (fulminant hepatitis) (sometimes fatal or requiring liver transplant). Symptoms may include nausea (feeling sick), diarrhoea, jaundice (yellow discolouration of the skin or eyes), dark urine, pale stools, bleeding easily, itching or chills
  • Liver problems (such as cholestasis and cholestatic hepatitis, which may be accompanied by symptoms such as discoloured stools, nausea and yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • Inflammation of the kidneys and other kidney problems (such as nephrotic syndrome and minimal change disease, which may be accompanied by symptoms such as water retention

(oedema), foamy urine, fatigue and a loss of appetite)

  • Worsening of epilepsy (possible more frequent and/or severe seizures)
  • Blockage of an artery or vein in the eye leading to partial or complete loss of vision
  • Inflamed blood vessels (can cause fever, aches, purple blotches on the skin)

A reduction in the number of red and white blood cells and platelets (may cause tiredness, easy bruising, frequent nose bleeds and increased risk of infections)

  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Impaired sense of smell
  • Loss of taste

Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data

  • Decreased fertility in females, which is usually reversible on discontinuation of the medicine

In clinical studies not associated with arthritis or other arthritic conditions, where Celecoxib Capsules was taken at doses of 400 mg per day for up to 3 years, the following additional side effects have been observed:

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • Heart problems: angina (chest pain)
  • Stomach problems: irritable bowel syndrome (can include stomach ache, diarrhoea, indigestion, wind)
  • Kidney stones (which may lead to stomach or back pain, blood in urine), difficulty passing urine
  • Weight gain

Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot usually in the leg, which may cause pain, swelling or redness of the calf or breathing problems)
  • Stomach problems: stomach infection (which can cause irritation and ulcers of the stomach

and intestines)

  • Lower limb fracture
  • Shingles, skin infection, eczema (dry itchy rash), pneumonia (chest infection (possible cough, fever, difficulty breathing))
  • Floaters in the eye causing blurred or impaired vision, vertigo due to inner ear troubles, sore, inflamed or bleeding gums, mouth sores
  • Excessive urination at night, bleeding from piles/ haemorrhoids, frequent bowel movements
  • Fatty lumps in skin or elsewhere, ganglion cyst (harmless swellings on or around joints and tendons in the hand or foot), difficulty speaking, abnormal or very heavy bleeding from the vagina, breast pain
  • High levels of sodium in blood test results

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below).

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5.How to store Celecoxib Capsules

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton. The

expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not store Celecoxib Capsules above 30℃.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6.Contents of the pack and other information

What Celecoxib Capsules contains

The active substance is celecoxib.

1 capsule contains 50mg or 100 mg or 200 mg celecoxib.

The other ingredients are:

Lactose monohydrate, sodium laurilsulfate, povidone, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate. Capsule shells contain gelatin, titanium dioxide, sodium laurilsulfate and sorbitan monolaurate.

What Celecoxib Capsules looks like and contents of the pack

Celecoxib Capsules is available as hard capsules.

Opaque, white.

The capsules are packaged in clear or opaque PVC/aluminium blisters.

Celecoxib Capsules is contained in packs of 2, 5, 6, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 100, 10×10, 10×30, 10×50, 1×50 unit dose, 1×100 unit dose, 5x(10×10).

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

7.Manufactured in India by:
TAJ PHARMACEUTICALS LTD.
Mumbai, India
Unit No. 214.Old Bake House,
Maharashtra chambers of  Commerce Lane,
Fort, Mumbai – 400001
at:Gujarat, INDIA.
Customer Service and Product Inquiries:
1-800-TRY-FIRST (1-800-222-434 & 1-800-222-825)
Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST
E-mail: tajgroup@tajpharma.com

Celecoxib Capsules USP 50mg/100mg/200mg Taj Pharma

(Celecoxib)

Package leaflet: Information for the user

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet

  1. What Celecoxib Capsules is and what it is used for
  2. What you need to know before you take Celecoxib Capsules
  3. How to take Celecoxib Capsules
  4. Possible side effects
  5. How to store Celecoxib Capsules
  6. Contents of the pack and other information
    1.What Celecoxib Capsules is and what it is used for

Celecoxib Capsules is used in adults for the relief of signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis,

osteoarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

Celecoxib Capsules belongs to a group of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), and specifically a sub-group known as cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors. Your body makes prostaglandins that may cause pain and inflammation. In conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis your body makes more of these. Celecoxib Capsules acts by reducing the production of

prostaglandins, thereby reducing the pain and inflammation.

You should expect your medicine to start working within hours of taking the first dose, but you may not experience a full effect for several days.

2.What you need to know before you take Celecoxib Capsules

You have been prescribed Celecoxib Capsules by your doctor. The following information will help you get the best results with Celecoxib Capsules. If you have any further questions please ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not take Celecoxib Capsules

Tell your doctor if any of the following are true for you as patients with these conditions should not take Celecoxib Capsules.

  • if you are allergic to celecoxib or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in

section 6)

  • if you have had an allergic reaction to a group of medicines called “sulfonamides” (e.g. some antibiotics used to treat infections)
  • if you currently have an ulcer in your stomach or intestines, or bleeding in your

stomach or intestines

  • if as a result of taking acetylsalicylic acid or any other anti-inflammatory and painrelieving medicine (NSAID) you have had asthma, nose polyps, severe nose

congestion, or an allergic reaction such as an itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, lips,

tongue or throat, breathing difficulties or wheezing

  • if you are pregnant. If you can become pregnant during ongoing treatment you should

discuss methods of contraception with your doctor

  • if you are breast-feeding
  • if you have severe liver disease
  • if you have severe kidney disease
  • if you have an inflammatory disease of the intestines such as ulcerative colitis or

Crohn’s disease

  • if you have heart failure, established ischaemic heart disease, or cerebrovascular

disease, e.g. you have been diagnosed with a heart attack, stroke, or transient ischaemic

attack (temporary reduction of blood flow to the brain; also known as “mini-stroke”),

angina, or blockages of blood vessels to the heart or brain

  • if you have or have had problems with your blood circulation (peripheral arterial

disease) or if you have had surgery on the arteries of your legs.

 

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Celecoxib Capsules:

  • if you have previously had an ulcer or bleeding in your stomach or intestines. (Do not take Celecoxib Capsules if you currently have an ulcer or bleeding in your stomach or intestine)
  • if you are taking acetylsalicylic acid (even at low dose for heart protective purposes)
  • if you are taking antiplatelet therapies
  • if you use medicines to reduce blood clotting (e.g. warfarin/warfarin like anticoagulants

or novel oral anti-clotting medicines, e.g. apixaban)

  • if you use medicines called corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone)
  • if you are using Celecoxib Capsules at the same time as other non-acetylsalicylic NSAIDs such as

ibuprofen or diclofenac. The use of these medicines together should be avoided

  • if you smoke, have diabetes, raised blood pressure or raised cholesterol
  • if your heart, liver or kidneys are not working well your doctor may want to keep a regular check on you
  • if you have fluid retention (such as swollen ankles and feet)
  • if you are dehydrated, for instance due to sickness, diarrhoea or the use of diuretics

(used to treat excess fluid in the body)

  • if you have had a serious allergic reaction or a serious skin reaction to any medicines
  • if you feel ill due to an infection or think you have an infection, as Celecoxib Capsules may mask

a fever or other signs of infection and inflammation

  • if you are over 65 years of age your doctor will want to monitor you regularly
  • the consumption of alcohol and NSAIDs may increase the risk of gastrointestinal

Problems

As with other NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen or diclofenac) this medicine may lead to an increase in

blood pressure, and so your doctor may ask to monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis.

Some cases of severe liver reactions, including severe liver inflammation, liver damage, liver failure (some with fatal outcome or requiring liver transplant), have been reported with celecoxib.

Of the cases that reported time to onset, most severe liver reactions occurred within one month of start of treatment.

Celecoxib Capsules may make it more difficult to become pregnant. You should inform your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or if you have problems to become pregnant (see section on Pregnancy and breast-feeding).

Other medicines and Celecoxib Capsules

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines:

  • Dextromethorphan (used to treat coughs)
  • ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II antagonists, beta blockers and diuretics (used for high

blood pressure and heart failure)

  • Fluconazole and rifampicin (used to treat fungal and bacterial infections)
  • Warfarin or other warfarin like medicines (“blood-thinning” agents that reduce blood

clotting) including newer medicines like apixaban

  • Lithium (used to treat some types of depression)
  • Other medicines to treat depression, sleep disorders, high blood pressure or an irregular

heartbeat

  • Neuroleptics (used to treat some mental disorders)
  • Methotrexate (used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and leukaemia)
  • Carbamazepine (used to treat epilepsy/seizures and some forms of pain or depression)
  • Barbiturates (used to treat epilepsy/seizures and some sleep disorders)
  • Ciclosporin and tacrolimus (used for immune system suppression e.g. after transplants)

Celecoxib Capsules can be taken with low dose acetylsalicylic acid (75 mg or less daily). Ask your doctor for advice before taking both medicines together.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

Pregnancy

Celecoxib Capsules must not be used by women who are pregnant or can become pregnant (i.e. women of child bearing potential who are not using adequate contraception) during ongoing treatment. If you become pregnant during treatment with Celecoxib Capsules you should discontinue the treatment and contact your doctor for alternative treatment.

Breast-feeding

Celecoxib Capsules must not be used during breast-feeding.

Fertility

NSAIDs, including Celecoxib Capsules, may make it more difficult to become pregnant. You should tell your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or if you have problems becoming pregnant.

Driving and using machines

You should be aware of how you react to Celecoxib Capsules before you drive or operate machinery. If you feel dizzy or drowsy after taking Celecoxib Capsules, do not drive or operate machinery until these effects wear off.

Celecoxib Capsules contains lactose

Celecoxib Capsules contains lactose (a type of sugar). If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

3.How to take Celecoxib Capsules

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your

doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. If you think or feel that the effect of Celecoxib Capsules is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Your doctor will tell you what dose you should take. As the risk of side effects associated with heart problems may increase with dose and duration of use, it is important that you use the lowest dose that controls your pain and you should not take Celecoxib Capsules for longer than necessary to control symptoms.

Method of administration:

Celecoxib Capsules is for oral use. The capsules can be taken at any time of the day, with or without food.

However, try to take each dose of Celecoxib Capsules at the same time each day.

If you have difficulty swallowing capsules: The entire capsule contents can be sprinkled onto a level teaspoon of semi-solid food (such as cool or room temperature applesauce, rice gruel, yogurt or mashed banana) and swallowed immediately with a drink approximately 240 ml of water.

To open the capsule, hold upright to contain the granules at the bottom then gently squeeze the top and twist to remove, taking care not to spill the contents. Do not chew or crush the granules.

Contact your doctor within two weeks of starting treatment if you do not experience any benefit.

The recommended dose is:

For osteoarthritis the recommended dose is 200 mg each day, increased by your doctor to a maximum of 400 mg, if needed.

The dose is usually:

◼ one 200 mg capsule once a day; or

◼ one 100 mg capsule twice a day.

For rheumatoid arthritis the recommended dose is 200 mg each day, increased by your doctor

to a maximum of 400 mg, if needed.

The dose is usually:

◼ one 100 mg capsule twice a day.

For ankylosing spondylitis the recommended dose is 200 mg each day, increased by your doctor

to a maximum of 400 mg, if needed.

The dose is usually:

◼ one 200 mg capsule once a day; or

◼ one 100 mg capsule twice a day.

Kidney or liver problems: make sure your doctor knows if you have liver or kidney problems as

you may need a lower dose.

The elderly, especially those with a weight less than 50 kg: if you are over 65 years of age and

especially if you weigh less than 50 kg, your doctor may want to monitor you more closely.

You should not take more than 400 mg per day.

Use in children

Celecoxib Capsules is for adults only, it is not for use in children.

If you take more Celecoxib Capsules than you should

You should not take more capsules than your doctor tells you to. If you take too many capsules

contact your doctor, pharmacist or hospital and take your medicine with you.

If you forget to take Celecoxib Capsules

If you forget to take a capsule, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you stop taking Celecoxib Capsules

Suddenly stopping your treatment with Celecoxib Capsules may lead to your symptoms getting worse. Do

not stop taking Celecoxib Capsules unless your doctor tells you to. Your doctor may tell you to reduce the

dose over a few days before stopping completely.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4.Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

The side effects listed below were observed in arthritis patients who took Celecoxib Capsules. Side effects marked with an asterisk (*) are listed below at the higher frequencies that occurred in patients who took Celecoxib Capsules to prevent colon polyps. Patients in these studies took

Celecoxib Capsules at high doses and for a long duration.

If any of the following happen, stop taking Celecoxib Capsules and tell your doctor immediately:

If you have:

– an allergic reaction such as skin rash, swelling of the face, wheezing or difficulty breathing

– heart problems such as pain in the chest

– severe stomach pain or any sign of bleeding in the stomach or intestines, such as passing black or bloodstained stools, or vomiting blood

– a skin reaction such as rash, blistering or peeling of the skin

– liver failure (symptoms may include nausea (feeling sick), diarrhoea, jaundice (your skin or the whites of your eyes look yellow)).

Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people

  • High blood pressure, including worsening of existing high blood pressure *

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • Heart attack*
  • Fluid build up with swollen ankles, legs and/or hands
  • Urinary infections
  • Shortness of breath*, sinusitis (sinus inflammation, sinus infection, blocked or painful sinuses), blocked or runny nose, sore throat, coughs, colds, flu-like symptoms
  • Dizziness, difficulty sleeping
  • Vomiting*, stomach ache, diarrhoea, indigestion, wind
  • Rash, itching
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty swallowing*
  • Headache
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Painful joints
  • Worsening of existing allergies
  • Accidental injury

Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • Stroke*
  • Heart failure, palpitations (awareness of heart beat), fast heart rate
  • Abnormalities in liver-related blood tests
  • Abnormalities in kidney-related blood tests
  • Anaemia (changes in red blood cells that can cause fatigue and breathlessness)
  • Anxiety, depression, tiredness, drowsiness, tingling sensations (pins and needles)
  • High levels of potassium in blood test results (can cause nausea (feeling sick), fatigue, muscle

weakness or palpitations)

  • Impaired or blurred vision, ringing in the ears, mouth pain and sores, difficulty hearing*
  • Constipation, burping, stomach inflammation (indigestion, stomach ache or vomiting), worsening of inflammation of the stomach or intestine
  • Leg cramps
  • Raised itchy rash (hives)
  • Eye inflammation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Skin discolouration (bruising)
  • Chest pain (generalised pain not related to the heart)
  • Face swelling

Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people

  • Ulcers (bleeding) in the stomach, gullet or intestines; or rupture of the intestine (can cause stomach ache, fever, nausea, vomiting, intestinal blockage), dark or black stools, inflammation of the pancreas (can lead to stomach pain), inflammation of the gullet

(oesophagus)

  • Low levels of sodium in the blood (a condition known as hyponatraemia)
  • Reduced number of white blood cells (which help to protect the body from infection) or

blood platelets (increased chance of bleeding or bruising)

  • Difficulty coordinating muscular movements
  • Feeling confused, changes in the way things taste
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Loss of hair
  • Hallucinations
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Acute reaction that may lead to lung inflammation
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Flushing
  • Blood clot in the blood vessels in the lungs. Symptoms may include sudden breathlessness, sharp pains when you breathe or collapse
  • Bleeding of the stomach or intestines (can lead to bloody stools or vomiting), inflammation of the intestine or colon
  • Severe liver inflammation (hepatitis). Symptoms may include nausea (feeling sick),

diarrhoea, jaundice (yellow discolouration of the skin or eyes), dark urine, pale stools,

bleeding easily, itching or chills

  • Acute kidney failure
  • Menstrual disturbances
  • Swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat, or difficulty swallowing

Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people

  • Serious allergic reactions (including potentially fatal anaphylactic shock)
  • Serious skin conditions such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, exfoliative dermatitis and toxic

epidermal necrolysis (can cause rash, blistering or peeling of the skin) and acute generalised

exanthematous pustulosis (symptoms include the skin becoming red with swollen areas

covered in numerous small pustules)

  • A delayed allergic reaction with possible symptoms such as rash, swelling of the face, fever, swollen glands, and abnormal test results (e.g., liver, blood cell (eosinophilia, a type of raised white blood cell count))
  • Bleeding within the brain causing death
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord)
  • Liver failure, liver damage and severe liver inflammation (fulminant hepatitis) (sometimes

fatal or requiring liver transplant). Symptoms may include nausea (feeling sick), diarrhoea,

jaundice (yellow discolouration of the skin or eyes), dark urine, pale stools, bleeding easily,

itching or chills

  • Liver problems (such as cholestasis and cholestatic hepatitis, which may be accompanied by symptoms such as discoloured stools, nausea and yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • Inflammation of the kidneys and other kidney problems (such as nephrotic syndrome and minimal change disease, which may be accompanied by symptoms such as water retention

(oedema), foamy urine, fatigue and a loss of appetite)

  • Worsening of epilepsy (possible more frequent and/or severe seizures)
  • Blockage of an artery or vein in the eye leading to partial or complete loss of vision
  • Inflamed blood vessels (can cause fever, aches, purple blotches on the skin)

A reduction in the number of red and white blood cells and platelets (may cause tiredness, easy bruising, frequent nose bleeds and increased risk of infections)

  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Impaired sense of smell
  • Loss of taste

Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data

  • Decreased fertility in females, which is usually reversible on discontinuation of the medicine

In clinical studies not associated with arthritis or other arthritic conditions, where Celecoxib Capsules was taken at doses of 400 mg per day for up to 3 years, the following additional side effects have been observed:

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • Heart problems: angina (chest pain)
  • Stomach problems: irritable bowel syndrome (can include stomach ache, diarrhoea, indigestion, wind)
  • Kidney stones (which may lead to stomach or back pain, blood in urine), difficulty passing urine
  • Weight gain

Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot usually in the leg, which may cause pain, swelling or

redness of the calf or breathing problems)

  • Stomach problems: stomach infection (which can cause irritation and ulcers of the stomach and intestines)
  • Lower limb fracture
  • Shingles, skin infection, eczema (dry itchy rash), pneumonia (chest infection (possible cough, fever, difficulty breathing))
  • Floaters in the eye causing blurred or impaired vision, vertigo due to inner ear troubles, sore, inflamed or bleeding gums, mouth sores
  • Excessive urination at night, bleeding from piles/ haemorrhoids, frequent bowel movements
  • Fatty lumps in skin or elsewhere, ganglion cyst (harmless swellings on or around joints and tendons in the hand or foot), difficulty speaking, abnormal or very heavy bleeding from the vagina, breast pain
  • High levels of sodium in blood test results

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below).

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5.How to store Celecoxib Capsules

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton. The

expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not store Celecoxib Capsules above 30℃.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6.Contents of the pack and other information

What Celecoxib Capsules contains

The active substance is celecoxib.

1 capsule contains 50mg or 100 mg or 200 mg celecoxib.

The other ingredients are:

Lactose monohydrate, sodium laurilsulfate, povidone, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate. Capsule shells contain gelatin, titanium dioxide, sodium laurilsulfate and sorbitan monolaurate.

What Celecoxib Capsules looks like and contents of the pack

Celecoxib Capsules is available as hard capsules.

Opaque, white.

The capsules are packaged in clear or opaque PVC/aluminium blisters.

Celecoxib Capsules is contained in packs of 2, 5, 6, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 100, 10×10, 10×30, 10×50, 1×50 unit dose, 1×100 unit dose, 5x(10×10).

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

7.Manufactured in India by:
TAJ PHARMACEUTICALS LTD.
Mumbai, India
Unit No. 214.Old Bake House,
Maharashtra chambers of  Commerce Lane,
Fort, Mumbai – 400001
at:Gujarat, INDIA.
Customer Service and Product Inquiries:
1-800-TRY-FIRST (1-800-222-434 & 1-800-222-825)
Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST
E-mail: tajgroup@tajpharma.com