Compare Voltaren vs. meloxicam

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Cambia
(diclofenac)

Mobic
(meloxicam)

Relieves pain and inflammation. Cambia (diclofenac) works well for pain and is available in many different forms. If you have a history of heart problems or stomach bleeds, it may not be the best choice.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.
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Best available price for 5 (5ml of 0.1%) eye droppers of voltaren
Coupons for meloxicam
Best available price for 30 (15mg) tablets of meloxicam
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5.76Voltaren
Reviews for Voltaren
81%
of people (All ages) say Voltaren is worth it
76%
say it works well
5%
say it's a big hassle
Have you used Cambia (diclofenac)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for meloxicam
64%
+17% better vs. Voltaren
54%
+22% better vs. Voltaren
13%
+8% better vs. Voltaren
141 reviews
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Side effects
Voltarenmeloxicam
  • Swelling 1%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Itching 1%
  • Gas 1%
  • Pain in limbs 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
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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
Voltarenmeloxicam
Cambia (diclofenac) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which relieves pain by reducing the inflammation in your body.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
Voltarenmeloxicam
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
Voltarenmeloxicam
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Suspension
Used for
Voltarenmeloxicam
Risk factors for serious side effects
Voltarenmeloxicam
  • History of heart problems
  • Taking Cambia (diclofenac) for a long period of time
  • History of stomach bleeding
  • Age 60 or older
  • Taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or blood thinners
Detailed Cambia (diclofenac) 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 real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Food
Voltarenmeloxicam
  • Take with food or milk to prevent upset stomach.
  • It should be taken only once a day, with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
Kidneys and liver
Voltarenmeloxicam
  • Cambia (diclofenac) can damage your kidneys. 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 Cambia (diclofenac).
  • Can affect how your kidneys work.
  • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage.
  • 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
Voltarenmeloxicam
  • Cambia (diclofenac) 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 muscle ache and pain caused by inflammation.
  • May need to be taken two or three-times daily for maximum pain relief.
  • 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
Voltarenmeloxicam
  • Works well to relieve muscle ache and pain caused by inflammation.
  • Minimal risk for addiction unlike narcotics.
  • Available in gel or powder packets if you have difficulty taking the pill.
  • Most forms are available as generic.
  • 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
Voltarenmeloxicam
  • Not for chronic, daily use because of increased side-effects.
  • May need to be taken two or three-times daily for maximum pain relief.
  • Can cause serious stomach problems like inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding.
  • Can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
  • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage.
  • 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
Voltarenmeloxicam
  • Take with food or milk to prevent upset stomach.
  • Can cause stomach ulcers especially if you've had ulcers before.
  • Can thin your blood. Avoid taking this with other blood thinners such as aspirin or warfarin unless your doctor says it's safe.
  • Don't use if you've recently had open heart surgery.
  • Can affect how your kidneys work.
  • Talk to your doctor if you're having trouble taking this medicine. It's available in other forms (gel, delayed-release pill, extended-release pill) that may have less side-effects.
  • 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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