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Mobic
(meloxicam)

Relafen
(nabumetone)

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.Coming soon.
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Reviews for meloxicam
64%
of people (All ages) say meloxicam is worth it
54%
say it works well
13%
say it's a big hassle
141 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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Suspension
  • Pill
Used for
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  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
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
Detailed Mobic (meloxicam) risks & warnings »
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    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.

    Food
    meloxicamRelafen
    • It should be taken only once a day, with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    meloxicamRelafen
    • 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).
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
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    • 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.
    • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    meloxicamRelafen
    • 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.
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    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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    meloxicamRelafen
    • 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.
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