Celebrex, also widely known by the name Celecoxib, is a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is generally used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The drug works by decreasing the hormones that causes pain and inflammation. Compared to other NSAIDs, Celebrex is said to have lesser side effects. Moreover, it does not cause blood clotting problems unlike other NSAIDs.
Celebrex works by blocking an enzyme called as cyclooxygenase 2 which is responsible for producing prostaglandins – chemicals that causes pain and inflammation. The drug acts as a COX-2 inhibitor and functions to lower prostaglandin levels in the body.
Celebrex is mostly prescribed to patients with the following illnesses:
• Fibromatosis – This condition is characterized by the development of several soft tissue tumors that are benign. Celebrex is prescribed by doctors to treat this condition.
• Intense Pain – Celebrex is also given to patients experience severe menstrual cramps or for relieving acute pain. The drug can also be prescribed to relieve post-surgery pain and muscle ache.
• Arthritis – Celebrex is the drug of choice when managing pain caused by arthritis. It is also used to reduce joint swelling. The drug is typically given to patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
• Colon Polyps – Celebrex is now FDA-approved to be used as a medical treatment for colon polyps that are hereditary in origin. Patients diagnosed with a condition called as familial adenomatous polyps are given Celebrex to reduce or decrease the size of the polyps. It can also prevent the formation of more polyps. Patient with this condition develop several large colon polyps that can become malignant. Hence, Celebrex helps to prevent the disease from developing further.
Celebrex can be availed from Canadian prescriptions online or from local US drug stores. Be sure to obtain a valid prescription from your doctor since you will have to present the prescription when buying Celebrex.