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Celebrex Generic: What You Should Know About Celecoxib

June 26, 2015
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If your doctor has prescribed brand-name drug Celebrex or generic Celebrex known as celecoxib, you likely have questions about cost, and rightfully so. Prescription medications can be expensive, and while generic versions can save you money, even they can be too costly.

Celebrex is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, also known as an NSAID. Like other NSAIDs, including aspirin and ibuprofen, it works to reduce inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. In some cases, it’s even prescribed for intense menstrual pain or polyps in the colon or rectum.

Celecoxib is the generic version of Celebrex

When a generic alternative becomes available, patients taking the brand-name drug often flock to the less expensive alternative. In the case of Celebrex, estimated by RxREVU to cost $460 for a 30-day supply, generic celecoxib is less expensive, but certainly not cheap. The same website prices 30 celecoxib capsules at $363, an improvement, but not by much.

Effectiveness of generic Celebrex (celecoxib) is no different

Though the price of celecoxib may still be more than you’re willing to pay, it’s sticker difference doesn’t indicate lesser quality. Drug makers are required by law to ensure generic prescriptions are of the same effectiveness and safety as their brand-name alternatives. This means celecoxib will come with comparable side effects and risks, but also deliver similar pain-relieving results.

Alternative ways to save on Celebrex

You stand to save more when you opt for generic and employ additional strategies. For instance, if you can get a three-month supply at the time of your refill, your monthly cost will come out to an estimated $242, according to RxREVU.

If you’re willing to try another arthritis drug entirely, therapeutic alternatives may cost less than $100 per month. The key to exploring all of your medication options is talking with your doctor. Don’t be afraid to admit that cost is a concern. You may find your physician has samples available or resources that can lower your prescription costs even further.

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Elizabeth Renter is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @elizabethrenter.

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