Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Pain



Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Pain
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Relieves pain and inflammation.

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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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  • 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.
People say this drug is:
141 reviews


  • 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.
How it works

Mobic (meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves pain and swelling.

What to expect when you take Mobic (meloxicam) for Osteoarthritis/Rheumatoid arthritis

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Side effect rates for Mobic (meloxicam)

306 From clinical trials of meloxicam / Osteoarthritis: 6 month controlled trial (15 mg)
  • Indigestion
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection
  • Nausea
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Vomiting

Risks and Warnings for Mobic (meloxicam)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems
    • Taking the medicine for a long period of time

    Mobic (meloxicam) can increase your chances of getting blood clots, a heart attack, or stroke. To lower the risk of having these problems, take the medicine at the lowest dose and for the shortest time possible. Talk to your doctor right away if you experience chest pain, inability to breathe, weakness in 1 side of the body, or difficulty speaking.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Mobic (meloxicam)

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  • It should be taken only once a day, with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
  • Be sure to take it with food, not on an empty stomach.
  • Take with food.
  • Take it with food.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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).
  • Great drug. Be sure to have periodic kidney function tests.
  • My doctor ordered blood tests quarterly to check my kidneys.
  • With my insurance it is about a penny a pill. No side effects but after reading info above I may ask my doctor for some kidney function screening annually. I have a knee injury. I wear acl braces during tennis and ice immediately afterward
  • 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.
  • It tackles the swelling alone really well, I've been able to move more freely because of it, but since mine is rooted closely with pain as well, I would prefer something that tackles both.
  • Is there are other drugs better for arthritis pain and swelling?
  • Just doesn't work for even moderate inflammatory pain.
  • Weight gain