How Does Celebrex Work?

The prescription medicine Celebrex® (celecoxib) is approved to treat pain and inflammation associated with various medical conditions, such as painful menstrual cramps and several types of arthritis. It comes in capsule form and is generally taken one to two times a day.
 
Celebrex works by acting on a particular enzyme (the COX-2 enzyme) that plays a role in pain and inflammation in the body. Unlike other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which often target both the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes, Celebrex only works on the COX-2 enzyme.
 
Most people have no problems when taking this medication, but if it is not working as you had hoped, or if you experience bothersome side effects, one of the many Celebrex alternatives may need to be considered. Options include other NSAIDs, surgery, or acupuncture, among other things.
 
(Click Celebrex to learn more about how this drug works, when and how to take it, and side effects that can occur during treatment.)
 
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