Celebrex (celecoxib) is used to help reduce inflammation throughout the body. Celebrex is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID. Celebrex treats rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and other conditions. Celebrex cannot cure these issues, but they can and do treat symptoms. It can also be used to manage pain, including severe menstrual side effects. Celebrex is a medicine used to treat inflammation caused by arthritis as well as menstrual pain, acute pain, and discomfort. It is also indicated to treat juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children aged two years above. Celebrex can also treat hereditary polyps in the colon. This medication is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), more precisely a COX-2 inhibitor. Celebrex works by interfering with the activities of hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. The swelling and pain relief offered by this drug helps you carry on with day to day activities. If you are using Celebrex to treat conditions such as arthritis, be sure to ask your doctor about using other non-drugs treatments or other medications to treat pain.