Celebrex, also known as celecoxib, is used to treat inflammatory conditions and pain, explains Drugs.com. Celebrex is often prescribed for arthritis, gout, polyps in the colon, menstruation-related pain and swelling, says WebMD.
Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, explains Drugs.com. Celebrex combats pain in inflammatory conditions by treating the underlying inflammation. Drugs.com advises patients to avoid taking Celebrex in conjunction with other NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen or meloxicam. Taking multiple anti-inflammatory drugs increases the risk of serious side effects, says WebMD. People who take blood-thinning medication, such as warfarin, should not take Celebrex because the drug combination increases the risk of bleeding.