Compare meloxicam vs. Naproxen

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

Mobic (meloxicam)

Prescription only

Aleve (Naproxen)

Prescription or OTC
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
Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation.

Aleve (Naproxen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, and it lasts longer than other NSAIDs.

5.3/ 7 average rating with 978 reviewsforNaproxen
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.
  • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
  • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
  • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen, so you can take it less often.
  • Aleve (Naproxen) works as well as Aspirin and Indomethacin to treat arthritis pain, and causes fewer stomach problems.
  • Although not without side effects, it's been around for a long time and is generally safe for short-term use.
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.
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Can't be taken by pregnant women.
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Suspension
  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Liquid
Price
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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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978 
78%
think this treatment is worth it
48%
think this treatment works well
5%
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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The Aleve (Naproxen) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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 4 more risk factors

  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding or ulcers

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Bruising or bleeding

    Hemophilia

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reactions

    Asthma

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Lower kidney function

    Kidney disease

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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