Celecoxib is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug primarily used to treat conditions that are related to pain and inflammation. Treatment of arthritis is one of the most common uses for celecoxib. Researchers hope that the drug soon can be used to treat certain types of cancer, such as lung cancer.
What Is Celecoxib Used For?Celecoxib (Celebrex®) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to pain and inflammation. These celecoxib uses include the following:
- Acute pain relief, such as for pain following a procedure or muscle strain.
- Treatment of arthritis symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and swelling. Celecoxib can be used to treat several different types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), and ankylosing spondylitis. However, the medication cannot cure these conditions.
- Treatment of painful menstrual periods.
Previously, celecoxib was 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. Celecoxib is no longer approved for this use.