Compare meloxicam vs. Norco

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Mobic
(meloxicam)

Norco
(hydrocodone / acetaminophen)

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.Treats moderate to severe pain. Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) is a good option to treat pain as needed when over-the-counter medicines can't control the symptoms, but must make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.
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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 Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen)
67%
+3% better vs. Mobic (meloxicam)
44%
-10% worse vs. Mobic (meloxicam)
13%
Same vs. Mobic (meloxicam)
1194 reviews
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Side effects
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  • 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%
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How it works
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Mobic (meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves pain and swelling.Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) is a combination pain medicine. Hydrocodone is an opioid (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever and fever reducer.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Suspension
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • 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 »
  • Current liver disease
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines with acetaminophen
  • Age 65 or greater
  • Higher dose
  • People with not enough thyroid hormones
  • History of lung problems
  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Age 65 or greater
    • Long-term use of opioids in mother
    • Breastfeeding while taking Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen)
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Long-term use
    • History of drug abuse
    Detailed Norco (hydrocodone / acetaminophen) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    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.

    Alcohol
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    No alcohol related info.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    Food
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    • It should be taken only once a day, with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
    • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
    Kidneys and liver
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    • 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).
    • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
    • The acetaminophen component in Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) can hurt your liver. Using more than 4000 mg of the acetaminophen (or 12 tablets of Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen) can cause serious harm to your liver. You may develop life-threatening liver problems that need a liver transplant. Don't take more than your doctor prescribes, and avoid other medicines that have acetaminophen when using Norco (Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen).
    Pain
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    • 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.
    • Combination pain medicine with an opiod component (hydrocodone) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
    • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain. Starts working in 30 minutes and pain relief lasts 4 to 6 hours.
    • Talk to your doctor if it doesn't work well enough to relieve your pain, or if the side effects are really bad.
    Sleep
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    No sleep related info.
    • Can help you fall asleep easier.
    • Dizziness and drowsiness is common.
    Upsides and benefits
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    • 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.
    • Combination pain medicine with an opiod component (hydrocodone) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
    • Provides quick relief for moderate to severe pain to improve quality of life.
    • Good for as-needed, short-term use, but may be helpful to manage more long-term pain problems if used at the appropriate doses and intervals.
    • Generally well tolerated by people, especially if taken with food to lower risk of stomach upset.
    • Lower rates of misuse compared to pure opioid medicines.
    • Can help you fall asleep easier.
    Downsides and risks
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    • 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.
    • Dizziness and drowsiness is common.
    • Everyone will get constipation - always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you're taking Norco if you need.
    • All opioid containing medicines have the risk of physical dependence and possibility of withdrawal when used long-term.
    • The non-opioid part of Norco, acetaminophen (Tylenol), has a high risk of liver failure and death if you take more than the maximum daily dose. Be very careful.
    • Relies on the users to be aware of how much acetaminophen (Tylenol) they are using since it is a very common ingredient in many prescription and non-prescription pain medicines.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • 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.
    • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain. Starts working in 30 minutes and pain relief lasts 4 to 6 hours.
    • Can make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid activities 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 using laxatives can help.
    • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
    • Use it for the shortest time and at the lowest dose possible, to lower your chance of becoming addicted.
    • Talk to your doctor if it doesn't work well enough to relieve your pain, or if the side effects are really bad.
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