Compare meloxicam vs. Diclofenac

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Mobic (meloxicam)

Prescription only

Zorvolex (Diclofenac)

Prescription only
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.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 141 reviewsformeloxicam
Treats arthritis pain and swelling.

Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is an okay medication used to treat pain and swelling caused by arthritis. However, because of the risk of heart attack, you should limit the amount you take.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Clinical studies show that Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is better at relieving arthritis pain than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Can be used as needed to treat pain and swelling.
  • Available as a generic.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • You should avoid alcohol while on Zorvolex (Diclofenac) since it can increase your risk of stomach issues.
  • If you're taking it on a regular basis, you'll need to get labs done to make sure your liver and kidneys aren't being affected.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Suspension
  • Pill
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Reviews
141 
64%
think this treatment is worth it
54%
think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Indigestion
    10%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    8%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Urinary tract infection
    7%
  • Pain
    5%
  • Abdominal pain
    3%
  • Constipation
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Gas
    3%
  • Vomiting
    3%
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9possible side effects
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    8%
  • Headache
    8%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Urinary tract infection
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    6%
  • Nasopharyngitis
    6%
  • Constipation
    5%
  • Sinusitis
    5%
  • Osteoarthritis
    5%
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Risks and warnings
  • Heart attack and stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Severe allergic reaction

    Asthma

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Kidney damage

    Kidney disease

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)

    Women who want to or can become pregnant

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Heart attack or stroke

    History of heart problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding or ulcers

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Bruising or bleeding

    Bleeding disorder

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reactions

    Asthma

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Lowers kidney function

    Kidney problems

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Increased blood pressure

    History of high blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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