Does Celebrex Work Better Than Advil?

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Asked by barbara

Does Celebrex Work Better Than Advil?

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Sometimes I do prefer to prescribe Celebrex to those with known stomach/gastric irritation that occurs with traditional anti-inflammory medications like ibuprofen (advil). I would not necessarily say that Celebrex works better, but I would say that it is safer for daily long-term use than ibuprofen.

One caveat... not all anti-inflammatories are alike and for some individuals one medication meant to control inflammation might work better than another. Thus, trying different anti-inflammatory medications is rational because one might work better for you. Additionally, rotating (switching from one to another) anti-inflammatory medications is rational because one may stop working after a while.

If your doctor thinks that it is safe for you to use anti-inflammatory medications, try both (one for two weeks and then the other for two weeks) and see what works best for you. Everyone is different.

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

Answered by Christina Lasich, MD