The prescription drug Celebrex® (celecoxib) is licensed to treat pain and inflammation due to various conditions, such as acute muscle pain or painful menstrual periods. This medication comes in capsule form, which some people consider "pills," and Celebrex is generally taken one to two times a day.
When taking this medicine, it is important to take the lowest effective dose for the shortest amount of time possible. This will help ensure a safe treatment process and minimize the risk of serious side effects.
People who have trouble swallowing pills or for whom Celebrex is not working as well as intended may need to consider an alternative to this medication. Options include other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, acupuncture, or surgery.
(To learn more about this medication, click Celebrex. This article describes in detail how Celebrex works, general dosing guidelines, safety precautions to be aware of, and more.)