Compare Meloxicam vs. Morphine sulfate

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Mobic
(Meloxicam)

Ms Contin
(Morphine Sulfate)

Relieves pain and inflammation. Mobic (Meloxicam) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.Treats severe pain. Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) provides good long-term pain control without the need to take medicine frequently, but watch out for constipation.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Mobic (Meloxicam)
56%
of people say Mobic (Meloxicam) is worth it
48%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate)
55%
1% vs. Mobic (Meloxicam)
43%
5% vs. Mobic (Meloxicam)
20%
4% vs. Mobic (Meloxicam)
Side effects
MeloxicamMorphine sulfate
  • Gastrointestinal disorders 5%
  • Diarrhea 4%
  • Infection and infestations 3%
  • Accident household 3%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 2%
  • Dyspeptic signs and symptoms 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Flu-like symptomsa-like symptoms 1%
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The Morphine sulfate FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
MeloxicamMorphine sulfate
Mobic (Meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) is an opioid medicine that works in the brain to lower pain perception.
Type of medication
MeloxicamMorphine sulfate
Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Prescription only
Pain reliever
Opioid
Prescription only
Available as
MeloxicamMorphine sulfate
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Oral solution
  • Liquid
  • Suppository
Used for (click to learn more)
MeloxicamMorphine sulfate
Risk factors for serious side effects
MeloxicamMorphine sulfate
  • 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 »
  • Current use of medicine that affects liver enzyme CYP 3A4
  • Age 65 or greater
  • Higher dose
  • People with not enough thyroid hormones
  • History of lung problems
  • Children age 18 and younger
  • Long-term use during pregnancy
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Long-term use
  • History of drug abuse
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Age 65 or greater
  • Age 65 years or older
Detailed Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
MeloxicamMorphine sulfate
DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
  • Take Mobic (Meloxicam) only once a day. Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
No specific sleep-related info.
  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
  • Can make you dizzy or drowsy.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
MeloxicamMorphine sulfate
  • 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).
  • Provides longer relieve for moderate to severe pain to improve quality of life.
  • Good for chronic pain that requires around-the-clock relief.
  • Might have fewer side effects than other opioid pain relievers.
Downsides and risks
MeloxicamMorphine sulfate
  • 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.
  • Doesn't work for as-needed or quick pain relief.
  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
  • Everyone will get constipation - always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you're taking Ms Contin (Morphine Sulfate) if you need.
  • Long term use will likely cause physical dependence.
  • Must be weaned slowly off the medicine after use longer than 2 weeks.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
MeloxicamMorphine sulfate
  • 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.
  • Opioid pain medicine that provides longer pain relief—up to 12 hours.
  • Works best when taken regularly instead of as-needed.
  • Especially useful for people with chronic pain problems.
  • May not be the best choice for people who have never taken an opioid pain medicine because it lasts so long.
  • Swallow it whole. Don't crush, chew, or split the medicine.
  • Can make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Avoid activities that need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
  • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
  • Constipation is common and may not go away while you're taking this medicine. Drinking lots of water and taking laxatives can help.
  • Talk to your doctor if it doesn't help enough for your pain, or if the side effects are really bad.
Learn more
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