Prescription Drug Coverage

Celebrex (Celecoxib) Medicare Coverage

You may be able to find Medicare plan options in your area that cover Celecoxib (generic Celebrex). Learn more about Celebrex and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover other prescription drugs.
Chemical name: Celecoxib

Brand name: Celebrex

Typical dosage: 200mg

Typical type: Capsule1

Celebrex is a medication used to treat pain, arthritis and other conditions with symptoms of pain. Celebrex is available as a brand name or generic drug and comes as an oral capsule.

Celebrex is a medication that contains the active ingredient Celecoxib. Celebrex is used to treat pain, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile arthritis, osteoarthritis, pain due to menstruation and rheumatoid arthritis.

Celebrex is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication that inhibits receptors in the body to reduce substances that cause symptoms of pain. It is taken 1-2 times daily.

Common side effects of Celebrex include headache, constipation, upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, heartburn, gas, dizziness and nose or throat irritation.

How much does Celecoxib cost with Medicare?

Celecoxib coverage and costs may vary based on the specific plan you have, as well as what coverage stage you're in.

Contact your plan carrier or consult your plan formulary for more cost information.

Does Medicare cover Celecoxib?

According to GoodRx, 99% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans covered Celecoxib, the generic form of Celebrex, in 2023.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans or Part D plans that cover Celecoxib include copay amounts that can range widely from one plan to another. Plan members may also be responsible for meeting a deductible before the plan’s drug coverage kicks in.

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). 89% of 2023 Medicare Advantage plans included prescription drug coverage.2

  • Medicare prescription drugs plans each have their own formulary, or drug list, that details what prescription drugs are covered by the plan and how they are covered.

Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Celecoxib. We represent carriers such as Humana, UnitedHealthcare®, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna Healthcare, Wellcare, or Kaiser Permanente.

You can also compare Part D prescription drug plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online when you visit

Additional information

Celebrex can be taken with or without food but should always be taken with a full glass of water.

Celebrex can increase the risk of heart and blood vessel problems like heart attack or stroke. The risk may be greater if you have heart disease or risks for heart disease, but this risk applies to everyone who takes it.

This medication can also increase the risk of stomach or bowel problems such as ulcers or bleeding. The risk of stomach problems is higher in older people and in people who have had stomach problems like this before.

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.

Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.


Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.

1 GoodRx. Celebrex. Retrieved October 2023, from

2 Freed M, et al. (Nov 10, 2022). Medicare Advantage 2023 Spotlight: First Look. Kaiser Family Foundation.