Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a medication used to treat different types of pain and arthritis. Celebrex belongs to a class of drugs known as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Celebrex blocks an enzyme in the body that is involved with inflammation and pain called cyclooxygenase-2(COX-2).
NSAIDs are very helpful in relieving joint pain and swelling associated with the most common type of arthritis: osteoarthritis. They are widely used to treat other types of arthritis as well.
Celebrex is available in 100 mg and 200 mg oral capsules that are taken either once or twice a day. A doctor will recommend the right dose.
Celebrex can start to work quickly, often after the first dose. In other people and other conditions it can take a little longer. If there is no improvement from Celebrex after 2-3 weeks then it is not likely to work.
Important Tests and Risks
Celebrex shouldn’t be taken at the same time as other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen, and many others. This can increase the risk of stomach problems.
Patients should consult with a doctor before taking Celebrex with a blood thinner like warfarin (Coumadin).
If someone is allergic to aspirin (ASA) or any NSAID, then they are also likely to be allergic to Celebrex. Patients with these allergies shouldn’t take Celebrex.