Compare meloxicam vs. Tylenol

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Mobic
(meloxicam)

Tylenol Regular Strength
(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.Relieves pain and fever. Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) effectively reduces fever and relieves pain, but it doesn't lower inflammation and swelling.
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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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Reviews for Tylenol
77%
-13% worse vs. meloxicam
37%
+17% better vs. meloxicam
3%
-10% worse vs. meloxicam
1002 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.Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) is an analgesic. It relieves pain and lowers fever by stopping the production of certain chemicals in the brain that cause both pain and fever.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyOver-the-counter
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Suspension
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Suppository
  • Injection
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
Detailed Mobic (meloxicam) risks & warnings »
  • Medication administering errors
  • Injection formulation
  • Exceeding the recommended maximum daily limits
  • Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Taking with other Tylenol-containing medicines
Detailed Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy
Alcohol
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No alcohol related info.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) can damage your liver.
  • Heavy alcohol drinkers and people with liver problems should avoid using Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) since it can cause serious liver damage.
Food
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  • It should be taken only once a day, with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
No food related info.
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).
  • Taking too much acetaminophen causes liver damage that can be permanent and life-threatening. Signs of liver problems may include dark urine, feeling tired, upset stomach or stomach pain, or yellow skin or eyes. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately. Avoid drinking alcohol when taking Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen). Avoid using Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) if you have existing liver problems since it can cause further damage.
  • Doesn't cause kidney damage and is also safe to use if you have heart problems or if you're pregnant.
  • To avoid hurting your liver, you need to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen you are taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold combination medicines.
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.
  • Works well to relieve pain and fevers.
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.
  • Works well to relieve pain and fevers.
  • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
  • Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) causes less upset stomach, ulcers, bruising, and bleeding than other pain medications like aspirin and Advil.
  • Doesn't cause kidney damage and is also safe to use if you have heart problems or if you're pregnant.
  • Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) has been used for a long time and is generally safe for short-term use.
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.
  • Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) doesn't treat some kinds of pain as well as other medications like Advil.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) can damage your liver.
  • To avoid hurting your liver, you need to keep track of the total amount of acetaminophen you are taking since it's a very common ingredient in pain and cold combination medicines.
  • Heavy alcohol drinkers and people with liver problems should avoid using Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) since it can cause serious liver damage.
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.
  • Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) starts working within one hour.
  • Taking too much of Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen) can cause liver failure and death. Don't take more than what's recommended on the package insert.
  • Acetaminophen is found in many over-the-counter and prescription products. Make sure the total amount of acetaminophen you take does not exceed 3,000 mg per day and check with your pharmacist to make sure you're not taking too much.
  • Follow age-specific dosing instructions on how much to take.
  • Let your doctor know if your symptoms don't improve in a few days.
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