April 15, 2021
2 min. read

RX Deepdive: Celebrex, Everything You Need To Know


Treatments for conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and acute pain usually aim to lower inflammation and swelling, ease painful symptoms, and prevent long-term joint damage. While treatment varies from patient to patient, more than 35 million patients have used a drug called Celebrex to treat their symptoms. To learn more about Celebrex and whether it may be right for you and your symptoms, take a look at our deep dive below.

What is Celebrex?

Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, also known as an NSAID. Celebrex specifically is a COX-2 inhibitor, which means it blocks the enzyme in your body that makes prostaglandins. By decreasing the amount of prostaglandins in the body, Celebrex works to reduce symptoms of both pain and inflammation.

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What is Celebrex used for?

Celebrex is used to treat conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, acute pain, and menstrual pain and discomfort. By providing relief from pain and swelling, this medication can help you continue with or resume daily activities.

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How do I take Celebrex?

Before taking Celebrex, read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist, and contact your provider if you have any questions.

While you should take this medication as directed by your doctor, Celebrex is usually taken once or twice a day. Pills come in amounts 100 or 200mg, and the usual dose is 200 to 400mg. Your doctor will give you specific instructions about how many pills to take and how often, depending on your level of pain and other factors. For best results, you’ll want to take these pills at the same time every day, and they can be taken with or without food.


What else should I know?

Celebrex is less likely to cause stomach ulcers than other NSAIDS. However, in some cases patients have complained of upset stomachs, indigestion, or diarrhea. Stomach problems may be more likely to occur if you drink alcoholic beverages while being treated with this medicine. If you have a known allergy to sulfa drugs, make sure to let your provider know before taking this medicine.

Resources: John Hopkins Arthritis Center

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