Celebrex Uses: An Overview
) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to pain and inflammation. These approved uses for Celebrex include:
Celebrex was previously approved to decrease the number of colon
and rectal polyps in people with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), a hereditary condition that can cause hundreds of growths (called polyps) in the colon and rectum. People with FAP usually develop colon cancer
and/or rectal cancer
by their late 30s. However, Celebrex is no longer approved for this use.
How Does It Work?
Celebrex is part of a class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs
) called COX-2 inhibitors. It works by blocking a particular enzyme (COX-2) that plays a role in pain and inflammation. Unlike other NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen
) that target both the COX-1 and the COX-2 enzymes, Celebrex only targets the COX-2 enzyme. The COX-1 enzyme plays an important role in protecting the lining of the stomach.