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Mobic Alternatives

(meloxicam)

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Compare Mobic (meloxicam) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Mobic (meloxicam) or used for similar purposes.

Mobic
(meloxicam)

Feldene
(piroxicam)

Celebrex
(celecoxib)

Relafen
(nabumetone)

Lodine
(etodolac)

Zorvolex
(diclofenac)

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.Coming soon.Relieves pain and inflammation. Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.Coming soon.Coming soon.Treats arthritis pain and swelling. Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is an okay medication used to treat pain and swelling caused by arthritis. However, because of the risk of heart attack, you should limit the amount you take.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 Celebrex
57%
+7% better vs. meloxicam
38%
+16% better vs. meloxicam
14%
+1% better vs. meloxicam
550 reviews
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Have you used Zorvolex (diclofenac)?
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Reviews for Tylenol
77%
-13% worse vs. meloxicam
37%
+17% better vs. meloxicam
3%
-10% worse vs. meloxicam
1002 reviews
Have you used Tylenol Regular Strength (acetaminophen)?
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Side effects
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  • Indigestion 10%
  • Upper respiratory tract 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 »

We haven’t found good data for Feldene side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Feldene »

We haven’t found good data for Celebrex side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Celebrex »

We haven’t found good data for Relafen side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Relafen »

We haven’t found good data for Lodine side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Lodine »
  • Edema 1%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Pruritus 1%
  • Flatulence 1%
  • Pain in extremity 2%
  • Dyspepsia 1%
More Diclofenac side effects »

The Tylenol FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Tylenol side effects »
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.Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Coming soon.Coming soon.Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It stops your body from making chemicals that cause inflammation and pain.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 onlyPrescription onlyPrescription onlyOver-the-counter
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Suspension
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Suppository
  • Injection
Used for
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  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Osteoarthritis Pain Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Pain
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 »
    Coming soon.
    • Long-term use
    • History of heart disease
    • History of heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft/CABG)
    • Age 65 or older
    • History of GI bleed or peptic ulcer disease
    Detailed Celebrex (celecoxib) risks & warnings »
      Coming soon.
        Coming soon.
        • History of heart problems
        • High blood pressure
        • High cholesterol
        • Diabetes
        • Being overweight or obese
        Detailed Zorvolex (diclofenac) 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

        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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

        Alcohol
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        No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.
        • Don't drink alcohol while using Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
        • You should avoid alcohol while on Zorvolex (Diclofenac) since it can increase your risk of stomach issues.
        • 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.
        • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
        No food related info.No food related info.
        • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
        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).
        No kidneys and liver related info.
        • Celebrex (Celecoxib), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can cause lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. You're at higher risk for this if you've a history of kidney disease, heart failure, and liver disease. Taking Diuretic, ACE inhibitor, or Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) medications also increases your risk. If you are 65 or older you're also at a higher risk for these types of kidney problems.
        • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
        • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
        No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
        • Zorvolex (Diclofenac), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time necessary can lower your risk of kidney problems. It's important to get lab tests to check your kidney function periodically if you use Zorvolex (Diclofenac) for long periods of time.
        • 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.
        No pain related info.
        • Relieves pain and inflammation for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
        • Good for treating muscle aches and pains, as well as menstrual cramps.
        No pain related info.No pain related info.
        • Can cause swelling in your legs, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and an upset stomach.
        • Clinical studies show that Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is better at relieving arthritis pain than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
        • Can be used as needed to treat pain and swelling.
        • 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.
        Coming soon
        • Relieves pain and inflammation for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
        • Good for treating muscle aches and pains, as well as menstrual cramps.
        • Causes fewer stomach problems than other NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen.
        • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen.
        Coming soonComing soon
        • Clinical studies show that Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is better at relieving arthritis pain than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
        • Can be used as needed to treat pain and swelling.
        • Available as a generic.
        • 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.
        Coming soon
        • The longer you take Celebrex (Celecoxib), the more likely you are to have stomach problems, including inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. Can also happen if you take Celebrex (Celecoxib) on an empty stomach.
        • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of blood clots, heart attack, or a stroke.
        • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
        Coming soonComing soon
        • You should avoid alcohol while on Zorvolex (Diclofenac) since it can increase your risk of stomach issues.
        • If you're taking it on a regular basis, you'll need to get labs done to make sure your liver and kidneys aren't being affected.
        • 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.
        Coming soon
        • Starts working in 1 to 3 hours.
        • 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.
        Coming soonComing soon
        • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
        • Don't drink alcohol while using Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
        • Don't take other anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) without talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
        • Can cause swelling in your legs, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and an upset stomach.
        • Don't take antacids with magnesium since they can interact with Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
        • Take Zorvolex (Diclofenac) at the smallest dose possible for the shortest amount of time to prevent an increased risk of heart attack.
        • 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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        Have you used Mobic (meloxicam)?
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        Have you used Feldene (piroxicam)?
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        Have you used Celebrex (celecoxib)?
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        Have you used Relafen (nabumetone)?
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        More about LodineSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
        Have you used Lodine (etodolac)?
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