Celebrex is a prescription drug that was approved by the FDA in 1998 and according to recent statistics, has been prescribed in the United States to over thirty million people for relief from their arthritis symptoms. Celebrex provides relief around the clock from the stiffness, pain and swelling that accompany this debilitating disorder.
Celebrex must be obtained by way of a prescription and it works by zeroing in on a particular enzyme of the body known as COX-2. This enzyme is instrumental in bringing both pain and inflammation to the joints of those who suffer from arthritis. Another enzyme known as COX-1 has as its main role to protect the stomach lining from any damage. While most pain relieving drugs serve to black both the functions of the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes, Celebrex only sets its sights on COX-2. It is for this reason that doctors often know Celebrex as a “COX-2-specific inhibitor.”
Celebrex helps bring relief to those who suffer from osteoarthritis (OA) by targeting the pain in the joints along with stiffness and swelling. It is also a drug that is beneficial for those suffering from an autoimmune form of arthritis known as adult rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the worst forms of arthritis and also one of the least understood. This disease damages joint tissue that is healthy and then sets into motion a destructive path of swelling, inflammation and joint deformities. Celebrex works well in relieving the worst of the symptoms of RA, which include pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.
Celebrex also can be beneficial in managing pain in people who have suffered a sprain after they have undergone a surgical procedure. As well Celebrex works to improve the discomfort of severe cramps related to the menstrual cycle (also known as primary dysmenorrheal) and it is beneficial in cases where patients suffer from ankylosing spondylitis which is a disease that usually strikes teenagers or those in their early twenties and affects the ribs, shoulders, knees, hips and feet causing pain, inflammation and varying degrees of stiffness.
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