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Pain and inflammation caused by conditions like arthritis, muscle sprain, and menstrual cramps are often relieved by using Celebrex® (celecoxib). This medication comes in capsule form and is taken once or twice a day, depending on the condition that is being treated and other factors.
Celebrex is not an opiate. Rather, it belongs to the class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). More specifically, Celebrex is categorized as a COX-2 inhibitor. COX-2 is an enzyme known to play a role in pain and inflammation in the body, and this medication works by blocking the effects of this enzyme.
Although Celebrex is not an opiate and has little potential for abuse or addiction, it still should be taken at the lowest possible dose for the shortest amount of time. This will help ensure a safe treatment process and minimize the risk of potentially serious side effects.
(Click Celebrex to learn more about this prescription medicine, including when and how to take it, specific side effects to be aware of, general dosing guidelines, and more.)
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