While Celebrex is only available by prescription, you can buy lower doses of ibuprofen over-the-counter. Higher doses of ibuprofen are available by prescription.
Is celecoxib better than ibuprofen?
Celebrex and ibuprofen have been compared in numerous studies for specific types of pain. Results swing both ways: Celebrex was more effective for pain from ankle sprain, ibuprofen was more effective for dental pain, and both were equally effective for pain from knee osteoarthritis.
What can I take instead of celecoxib?
Meloxicam is a generic version of Mobic while Celebrex is the brand name for celecoxib. Both drugs work by preventing the release of inflammatory substances called prostaglandins. By blocking their release in the body, meloxicam and Celebrex can alleviate pain, inflammation, and swelling in the joints.