Consumer medicine information

KUDEQ® (Koo-dec)

Celecoxib (sell-e-cox-ib)

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about KUDEQ. It does not contain all the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking KUDEQ against the benefits it is expected to have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Read this leaflet carefully before you start KUDEQ and keep it with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What KUDEQ is used for

KUDEQ is used to relieve the symptoms of joint pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness in:

  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disorder that primarily affects, but is not limited to, the spine.

KUDEQ also provides short-term pain relief in conditions such as:

  • menstrual cramps or period pain
  • after surgery
  • muscle and joint injuries.

KUDEQ contains celecoxib and belongs to a group of medicines called Coxibs which are used to relieve pain and inflammation in a number of conditions.

Although KUDEQ can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, it will not cure your condition.

Your doctor, however, may have prescribed KUDEQ for another purpose.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why KUDEQ has been prescribed for you.

KUDEQ is not recommended for use in children or adolescents under 18 years of age.

This medicine is only available with a doctor’s prescription.

Before you take KUDEQ

When you must not take it

Do not take KUDEQ if:

  • your doctor has told you that you have severe heart or blood vessel disease affecting the circulation in your brain or limbs.
  • you have severe liver problems.
    Your doctor will decide if your condition is too severe to take this medicine.
  • you have problems with your kidney function.
  • you are undergoing cardiac surgery called coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).
  • you have had an attack of asthma, hives, itching, skin rash or a runny nose after taking aspirin or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs, medicines used to treat pain and inflammation), including other Coxib medicines.
    Many medicines used to treat headache, period pain and other aches and pains contain aspirin or an NSAID.
    If you are allergic to aspirin, NSAIDs, or other Coxib medicines and take KUDEQ, these symptoms may be severe.
  • you have an allergy to:
    – celecoxib
    – any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
    – sulfonamides, a group of medicines which include, for example, certain antibiotics (if you are not sure if you are taking one of these medicines ask your Pharmacist).

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to these medicines may include:

  • asthma, wheezing or shortness of breath
  • swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
  • hives, itching or skin rash
  • fainting.

If you are allergic to sulfonamides or any of the capsule ingredients and take KUDEQ, these symptoms may be severe.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any of this applies to you.

  • you are already taking an NSAID
  • you have an ulcer or gastric bleeding
  • you have Irritable Bowel Disease
  • you have heart failure
  • the expiry date printed on the packaging has passed, even though the capsules may look alright.
    If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
  • the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

If you are not sure if you should be taking KUDEQ, talk to your doctor.

Before you start to take it

You must tell your doctor if:

  • you currently have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, heart failure or have a history of heart problems or stroke, or problems with the circulation in your limbs
  • you have any allergies to:
    – any other medicines
    – any other substances such as foods, dyes or preservatives.
  • you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
    NSAIDs, which are related medicines, have been associated with reversible infertility in some women.
    Use of NSAIDs in early pregnancy can increase the risk of spontaneous abortion.
    There is no information on the use of KUDEQ during pregnancy.
    KUDEQ may affect your developing baby if taken in the last 3 months of pregnancy.
    KUDEQ use is not recommended in pregnancy unless your doctor considers it essential.
    Discuss this with your doctor.
  • you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed.
    Small amounts of celecoxib passes into breast milk, therefore, taking KUDEQ during breast-feeding should be discussed with your doctor.
  • you have any other health problems including:
    – liver or kidney problems
    – asthma, hives, itching, skin rash or a runny nose
    – high blood pressure or fluid retention
    – peptic ulcer (i.e. stomach or duodenal ulcer), a recent history of one, or have had peptic ulcers before
    – vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
    – bleeding from the rectum (back passage), have black sticky bowel motions (stools) or bloody diarrhoea.
  • you are taking KUDEQ together with any medicines used to treat high blood pressure and some other heart problems such as ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor antagonists, beta blockers and diuretics (also called fluid or water tablets).
    When taken together these medicines can cause kidney problems.
  • you drink large amounts of alcohol
  • you are a smoker
  • you currently have an infection.
    If you are given KUDEQ while you have an infection, it may hide some of the signs of an infection.

If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about these things, tell them before you start taking KUDEQ.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor or your pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines and KUDEQ may interfere with each other. These include:

  • any medicines used to treat high blood pressure and some other heart problems such as ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor antagonists, beta blockers or diuretics (also called fluid or water tablets)
  • fluconazole, an antifungal agent
  • lithium, a medicine used to treat some types of depression
  • warfarin, or similar medicines including Eliquis (apixaban), Xarelto (rivaroxaban) or Pradaxa (dabigatran), medicines used to stop blood clots
  • aspirin or salicylates, medicines used to treat pain
  • antacids, medicines used to treat indigestion
  • some medicines used to treat diabetes
  • methotrexate, a medicine used to treat arthritis and some cancers
  • cyclosporin, a medicine used to suppress the immune system
  • certain medicines used to treat pain and inflammation called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or (cortico) steroids.

Your doctor may need to adjust the dosage of these medicines, or provide additional advice if you are also taking KUDEQ.

How to take KUDEQ

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information in this leaflet.

If you do not understand the instructions on the label, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How much to take

200 mg once daily or 100 mg twice daily.

Rheumatoid arthritis
100 mg twice daily or 200 mg twice daily.

Ankylosing spondylitis
100 mg twice daily or 200 mg once daily.

Menstrual cramps or period pain
400 mg as a single dose on the first day and 200 mg twice daily on following days. You may take KUDEQ for up to 5 days.

Muscle and joint injuries or after surgery
400 mg as a first dose followed by 200 mg once or twice daily as required. You may take KUDEQ for up to 5 days.

How to take it

Swallow the capsules whole with a glass of fluid. KUDEQ can be taken with or without food.

How long to take it

Depending on your condition, you may need KUDEQ for a few days or for longer periods.

KUDEQ will not cure your condition but should help control pain, swelling and stiffness.

Keep taking KUDEQ for as long as your doctor advises.

Do not exceed the dosage recommended by your doctor.

If you need to take KUDEQ for a long time see your doctor for regular check-ups so that he/she can monitor your condition and treatment.

If you forget to take it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, then go back to taking your capsules as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much KUDEQ. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention. If you take too much KUDEQ, you may feel tired, drowsy, sick, vomit, and have stomach pain. You may also have difficulty breathing and feel faint.

While you are taking it

Things you must do

If you become pregnant while taking KUDEQ, tell your doctor immediately.

If you are about to start any new medicines, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking KUDEQ.

Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking KUDEQ.

If you develop any skin rash (e.g. hives, spots) while being treated with KUDEQ, contact your doctor immediately. The onset of these events, if they occur, can occur at any time, but most often occur in the first month of treatment.

Things you must not do

Do not give KUDEQ to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms or condition as you.

Do not take KUDEQ to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Side effects

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you have any problems while taking KUDEQ, even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet. Like other medicines, KUDEQ can cause some side effects. If they occur, most are likely to be minor and temporary.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • stomach pain, diarrhoea, indigestion, wind
  • swollen hands, ankles and feet, unexplained weight gain
  • dizziness
  • sore throat, runny nose, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • skin rash, including hives, raised red, itchy spots
  • blistering and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals
  • swelling, blistering or peeling of the skin, which may be accompanied by fever, chills, headache, sore throat, diarrhoea, aching joints and muscles
  • other signs of allergic reaction such as wheezing, swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
  • collapse or fainting, shortness of breath or tiredness, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, swollen or sore leg veins
  • severe stomach or throat pain, vomiting blood or black sticky bowel motions
  • bleeding or bruising more than usual, reddish or purple blotches under the skin
  • nausea, lethargy, itchiness, flu-like symptoms or yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • signs of anaemia such as tiredness, being short of breath and looking pale
  • loss or deterioration of hearing
  • confusion
  • redness, irritation or watering of the eye(s)
  • experience sensations with any of the senses (sight, sound, touch, taste or feel) which may not be real
  • severe or persistent headache, fever, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and vomiting.

These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.

Not all of these side effects have been reported with KUDEQ but have been seen with similar medicines.

Other side effects not listed above may occur in some people.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not get any of them.

Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even if it is not on this list.

After taking KUDEQ


Keep your capsules where young children cannot reach them. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Keep KUDEQ in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays at or below 25°C. Do not store it, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep your capsules in their blister pack until it is time to take them. If you take the capsules out of their container they may not keep well.


If your doctor tells you to stop taking KUDEQ, or the capsules have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any left over.

Product description

What it looks like

  • KUDEQ 100 mg – opaque, white capsules with two blue bands marked 7767 and 100.
    The 100 mg capsules come in blister packs of 60.
  • KUDEQ 200 mg – opaque, white capsules with two gold bands marked 7767 and 200.
    The 200 mg capsules come in blister packs of 30.


Active ingredient
The active ingredient in KUDEQ is celecoxib.

  • KUDEQ 100 mg – 100 mg celecoxib/capsule
  • KUDEQ 200 mg – 200 mg celecoxib/capsule.

Other ingredients

  • lactose
  • sodium lauryl sulfate
  • povidone
  • croscarmellose sodium
  • magnesium stearate
  • gelatin
  • titanium dioxide
  • iron oxide yellow CI 77492/200 mg capsule
  • indigo carmine CI 73015/100 mg capsule.

KUDEQ does not contain sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or other azo dyes.


KUDEQ is supplied in Australia by:

Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
ABN 50 008 422 348
38-42 Wharf Road
West Ryde NSW 2114

Toll Free Number 1800 675 229.

Australian Registration Number:

KUDEQ 100 mg – AUST R 211498
KUDEQ 200 mg – AUST R 211499

This document was last revised in September 2015.

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© Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd 2015.

Published by MIMS April 2016