Compare Celebrex vs. meloxicam

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Celebrex
(celecoxib)

Mobic
(meloxicam)

Relieves pain and inflammation. Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.Relieves pain and inflammation. Mobic (meloxicam) works well for pain and inflammation and you only take it once a day, but you need a prescription.
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4.59Celebrex
Reviews for Celebrex (celecoxib)
57%
of people (All ages) say Celebrex (celecoxib) is worth it
38%
say it works well
14%
say it's a big hassle
550 reviews
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Reviews for Mobic (meloxicam)
64%
+7% better vs. Celebrex (celecoxib)
54%
+16% better vs. Celebrex (celecoxib)
13%
+1% better vs. Celebrex (celecoxib)
141 reviews
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Side effects
Celebrexmeloxicam

We haven’t found good data for Celebrex side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Celebrex »
  • Indigestion 10%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 8%
  • Nausea 7%
  • Urinary tract infection 7%
  • Pain 5%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Constipation 3%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Gas 3%
  • Vomiting 3%
More meloxicam side effects »
How it works
Celebrexmeloxicam
Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Mobic (meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves pain and swelling.
Type of medication
Celebrexmeloxicam
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
Celebrexmeloxicam
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Suspension
Used for
Celebrexmeloxicam
Risk factors for serious side effects
Celebrexmeloxicam
  • Long-term use
  • History of heart disease
  • History of heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft/CABG)
  • Age 65 or older
  • History of GI bleed or peptic ulcer disease
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking water pills (diuretics)
  • History of heart failure
    • History of asthma
    • Kidney Disease
    • Heart Failure
    • Liver Disease
    • Also taking diuretics
    • Also taking ACE inhibitors
    • Also taking Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
    • Age 65 or older
    • Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)
    Detailed Celebrex (celecoxib) risks & warnings »
    • History of heart problems
    • Taking the medicine for a long period of time
    • History of stomach bleeding
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or blood thinners
    • Drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
    • Smoking
    • Taking the medicine for a long time
    • Asthma
    • Nasal polyps
    • Aspirin allergy
    • NSAID allergy
    • Kidney disease
    • Heart failure
    • Liver disease
    • Taking certain high blood pressure medications
    • Age 60 or older
    • Taking the medicine for a long period of time
    • Women who want to or can become pregnant
    • Pregnant women
    Detailed Mobic (meloxicam) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
    Celebrexmeloxicam
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    • It should be taken only once a day, with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
    Kidneys and liver
    Celebrexmeloxicam
    • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • Celebrex (Celecoxib), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can cause lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. You're at higher risk for this if you've a history of kidney disease, heart failure, and liver disease. Taking Diuretic, ACE inhibitor, or Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) medications also increases your risk. If you are 65 or older you're also at a higher risk for these types of kidney problems.
    • Mobic (meloxicam) can damage your kidneys if you take it for a very long time. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Talk to your doctor if this worries you, or if you already have kidney damage before you start taking Mobic (meloxicam).
    Pain
    Celebrexmeloxicam
    • Relieves pain and inflammation for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Good for treating muscle aches and pains, as well as menstrual cramps.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Mobic (meloxicam) can cause stomach bleeding which can be dangerous. If you notice blood in your vomit or your stool has bright red blood or looks like black coffee grounds, or if you have pain in your stomach that doesn't go away, talk to your doctor right away.
    Upsides and benefits
    Celebrexmeloxicam
    • Relieves pain and inflammation for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Good for treating muscle aches and pains, as well as menstrual cramps.
    • Causes fewer stomach problems than other NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen.
    • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen.
    • Taken only once a day, while other NSAIDS need to be taken a few times a day for the same effect.
    • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Causes less stomach upset than other NSAIDs.
    • Relatively cheap compared to other prescription NSAIDS.
    Downsides and risks
    Celebrexmeloxicam
    • The longer you take Celebrex (Celecoxib), the more likely you are to have stomach problems, including inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. Can also happen if you take Celebrex (Celecoxib) on an empty stomach.
    • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of blood clots, heart attack, or a stroke.
    • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
    • Mobic (meloxicam) does not kick in as fast as other NSAIDS.
    • It's available by prescription only.
    • Mobic (meloxicam) is not as safe as other alternatives for pregnant women and people who are age 60 or older.
    • It can cause serious complications like stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long time.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    Celebrexmeloxicam
    • Starts working in 1 to 3 hours.
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
    • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • It should be taken only once a day, with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
    • Mobic (meloxicam) increases the risk of stomach bleeding so tell your doctor right away if you experience any bleeding.
    • Do not take Mobic (meloxicam) with any blood thinners unless your doctor says so.
    • If you are allergic to aspirin, you may be allergic to Mobic (meloxicam) as well.
    • The capsule, suspension, and tablet forms of the medicine come in different strengths, so be careful when switching from one form to another.
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    More about CelebrexSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
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