Compare Naproxen vs. meloxicam

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

Aleve
(naproxen)

Mobic
(meloxicam)

Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation. Aleve (Naproxen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, and it lasts longer than other NSAIDs.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.
Reviews & ratings
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5.31Naproxen
Reviews for Naproxen
78%
of people (All ages) say Naproxen is worth it
48%
say it works well
5%
say it's a big hassle
978 reviews
Have you used Aleve (naproxen)?
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Reviews for meloxicam
64%
+14% better vs. Naproxen
54%
-6% worse vs. Naproxen
13%
+8% better vs. Naproxen
141 reviews
Have you used Mobic (meloxicam)?
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Side effects
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The Naproxen FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Naproxen side effects »
  • 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%
More meloxicam side effects »
How it works
Naproxenmeloxicam
Aleve (Naproxen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Mobic (meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves pain and swelling.
Type of medication
Naproxenmeloxicam
Prescription or OTCPrescription only
Available as
Naproxenmeloxicam
  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Suspension
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
Naproxenmeloxicam
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
Detailed Aleve (naproxen) risks & warnings »
  • 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 »
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
Naproxenmeloxicam
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • It should be taken only once a day, with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
Kidneys and liver
Naproxenmeloxicam
  • Aleve (Naproxen) is an NSAID that can lower kidney function or cause damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Your doctor should check your kidney function if you take Aleve (Naproxen) for any amount of time.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • 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).
Pain
Naproxenmeloxicam
  • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
  • 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.
Upsides and benefits
Naproxenmeloxicam
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
Naproxenmeloxicam
  • 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.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Naproxenmeloxicam
  • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Learn more
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