Celebrex® (celecoxib) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to treat arthritis, tendonitis, painful menstrual periods, and other conditions. The prescription drug comes in capsule form and is sold in four strengths.
Your dosage can be taken at any time during the day -- however, it's a good idea to take it at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your system. In most cases, you can take the capsules with or without food (the 400-mg strength of Celebrex should be taken with food).
Do not break, chew, or crush the capsules. If necessary, you may open them and sprinkle the contents on a spoonful of cool or room-temperature applesauce. This should be swallowed immediately and followed with water. Under refrigeration, the medication will remain stable in the applesauce for up to six hours.
(To learn more about these capsules, click Celebrex. This article also takes a more in-depth look at the drug's uses, potential side effects, and warnings.)