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Celebrex® (celecoxib) is a prescription medication that is used to treat many types of pain and inflammation. For example, it has been shown to be effective for acute pain, arthritis symptoms, and painful menstrual periods. Celebrex comes in the form of oral capsules and is typically taken once or twice a day, depending on the condition being treated.
 
To reduce the likelihood of side effects, your condition will be treated with the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time. In clinical studies, reported side effects of Celebrex included abdominal pain, diarrhea, and indigestion.
 
The capsules are meant to be swallowed -- do not break, chew, or crush them. If necessary, you may open the capsules and sprinkle the contents on a spoonful of cool or room-temperature applesauce. This should be swallowed immediately and followed with water.
 
(For more details on this oral medication, click Celebrex. This article explains how it works, why this drug may not be suitable for everyone, what to do in case of an overdose, and more.)
 
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