Safe administration of celecoxib to a patient with repeated episodes of nephrotic syndrome induced by NSAIDs

Clin Drug Investig. 2011;31(5):351-5. doi: 10.1007/BF03256934.


Nephrotic syndrome, with or without concomitant tubulointerstitial nephritis, is a rare renal adverse effect of NSAIDs. In the present report we describe a case of a 60-year-old Caucasian man who was admitted because of nephrotic syndrome following several days of use of meloxicam for hip osteoarthritis. Renal histopathology revealed minimal change disease, one of the commonest causes of nephrotic syndrome. The patient's condition resolved rapidly upon discontinuation of meloxicam. Because he had already experienced two episodes of nephrotic syndrome after administration of diclofenac several years previously, it was concluded that the patient had renal hypersensitivity to both diclofenac and meloxicam. While waiting for the hip arthroplasty, he was prescribed celecoxib for pain control. After 1 month of regular celecoxib use the patient remained in remission with respect to nephrotic syndrome and had normal renal function. We conclude that challenge with a structurally distinct NSAID (such as celecoxib in this case) may be an option, under close surveillance, in a patient with a history of nephrotic syndrome associated with use of an NSAID when continued treatment with an NSAID is indicated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / adverse effects*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Celecoxib
  • Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors / adverse effects
  • Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Diclofenac / adverse effects
  • Diclofenac / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meloxicam
  • Middle Aged
  • Nephrotic Syndrome / chemically induced*
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / drug therapy
  • Pyrazoles / adverse effects
  • Pyrazoles / therapeutic use*
  • Recurrence
  • Remission Induction / methods
  • Sulfonamides / adverse effects
  • Sulfonamides / therapeutic use*
  • Thiazines / adverse effects
  • Thiazines / therapeutic use
  • Thiazoles / adverse effects
  • Thiazoles / therapeutic use


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors
  • Pyrazoles
  • Sulfonamides
  • Thiazines
  • Thiazoles
  • Diclofenac
  • Celecoxib
  • Meloxicam