Celebrex is indicated in adults to relieve the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.
Celebrex belongs to a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and specifically to the subgroup known as selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors.
Your body produces prostaglandins that can cause pain and inflammation. In conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, your body produces more of them. Celebrex works by reducing the production of prostaglandins, thus reducing pain and inflammation. The medicine will start to work a few hours after you take the first dose, but you may not experience a full effect for several days.