Compare Meloxicam vs. Celebrex

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Mobic
(Meloxicam)

Celebrex
(Celecoxib)

Relieves pain and inflammation. Mobic (Meloxicam) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.Relieves pain and inflammation. Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.
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5.13Meloxicam
Reviews for Mobic (Meloxicam)
64%
of people (All ages) say Mobic (Meloxicam) is worth it
54%
say it works well
13%
say it's a big hassle
141 reviews
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Reviews for Celebrex (Celecoxib)
57%
-7% worse vs. Mobic (Meloxicam)
38%
-16% worse vs. Mobic (Meloxicam)
14%
-1% worse vs. Mobic (Meloxicam)
550 reviews
Have you used Celebrex (Celecoxib)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
MeloxicamCelebrex
  • Flu-like symptomsa-like symptoms 1%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Accident household 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Celebrex side effects.

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How it works
MeloxicamCelebrex
Mobic (Meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.
Type of medication
MeloxicamCelebrex
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
MeloxicamCelebrex
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for
MeloxicamCelebrex
Risk factors for serious side effects
MeloxicamCelebrex
  • History of heart attack
  • History of heart surgery
  • High blood pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being Overweight or Obese
  • Smoking
  • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • Age 65 or older
  • Hemophilia
  • von Willebrand's disease
  • Low blood platelet count
  • Also taking anticoagulant medication
  • Asthma
  • Rhinitis
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Aspirin Allergy
  • NSAID Allergy
  • Kidney Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Liver Disease
  • Also taking diuretics
  • Also taking ACE inhibitors
  • Also taking Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)
  • Age 65 or older
  • History of high blood pressure
  • Taking water pills (diuretics)
  • Late pregnancy (more than 30 weeks)
Detailed Mobic (Meloxicam) risks & warnings »
  • 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 »
    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.

    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
    MeloxicamCelebrex
    • Take Mobic (Meloxicam) only once a day. Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    Kidneys and liver
    MeloxicamCelebrex
    • 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.
    • Mobic (Meloxicam), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time necessary can lower your risk for kidney problems. It is important to get lab tests to check your kidney function periodically if you use Mobic (Meloxicam) for long periods of time.
    • 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.
    Pain
    MeloxicamCelebrex
    • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Good for muscle aches and pains.
    • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
    • 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.
    Upsides and benefits
    MeloxicamCelebrex
    • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Good for muscle aches and pains.
    • It lasts longer than Ibuprofen, so you can take it less often.
    • Causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs, like Ibuprofen.
    • Can also caus less bruising or bleeding than other NSAIDs when taken at lower doses (7.5 mg per day or less).
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    MeloxicamCelebrex
    • The longer you take Mobic (Meloxicam), the more likely you are to have stomach problems, including inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. This can also happen if you take Mobic (Meloxicam) 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.
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    MeloxicamCelebrex
    • Take Mobic (Meloxicam) only once a day. 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.
    • 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.
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    More about MeloxicamSide effectsReviews & ratingsAlternativesFDA package insert
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