Mobic

(meloxicam)

3.8/ 5 average rating with 141 reviewsformeloxicam
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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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Quick facts about meloxicam
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (meloxicam)

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
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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.

Quick facts about meloxicam
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (meloxicam)
People’s experience with meloxicam

141reviews so far. What do you think?

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

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  • Possible side effects
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Rash
  • Headache
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Side effect rates for Mobic (meloxicam)

From 306 clinical trials of meloxicam when taken for osteoarthritis: 6 month controlled trial (15 mg)
  • Indigestion
    10%10%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    8%8%
  • Nausea
    7%7%
  • Urinary tract infection
    7%7%
  • Pain
    5%5%
  • Abdominal pain
    3%3%
  • Constipation
    3%3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%3%
  • Gas
    3%3%
  • Vomiting
    3%3%
  • Dizziness
    3%3%
  • Headache
    3%3%
  • Anemia
    3%3%
  • Swelling
    2%2%
  • Insomnia
    2%2%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of meloxicam.

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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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Price
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed meloxicamon 2/7/2018I was taking it for rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation, the pain at night was unbearable. But I will be honest I would rather take an over-the-counter pain reliever any day then this stuff. There is no way I would ever take this again
    52
    Woman
    Less than a week
    Would rather not say
Food
  • It should be taken only once a day, with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed meloxicamon 10/4/2017make sure you take it with food. Say, a banana.
    76
    Man
    A few months
    Osteoarthritis
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed meloxicamon 9/17/2017Take with food
    73
    Woman
    A year or so
    Osteoarthritis
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed meloxicamTake with food.
    70
    Man
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).
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed meloxicamon 12/1/2016With 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
    60
    Woman
    Arthritis
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed meloxicamon 11/13/2016My doctor ordered blood tests quarterly to check my kidneys.
    68
    Woman
    Arthritis
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed meloxicamon 10/11/2016Great drug. Be sure to have periodic kidney function tests.
    73
    Man
    Arthritis
Pain
  • 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.
  • Not sure
    Low hassle
    Reviewed meloxicamon 2/23/2018I've had intermittent musculoskeletal pain for years. Ibuprofen mitigated it but only opiods completely relieved it. Meloxicam, to my surprise (so far) seems to be equal in effectiveness to narcotics! I hope that it's not just coincidence. I've only been taking it for a few months.
    71
    Man
    A few months
    Would rather not say
  • Not sure
    Reviewed meloxicamon 2/6/2018Would take in lower dose. Relieved pains after 2 weeks.
    72
    Woman
    Would rather not say
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed meloxicamon 10/20/2017i was in so much pain and was amazed of the difference in 12hrs
    63
    Woman
    Less than a week
    Osteoarthritis
Weight
  • Not sure
    Reviewed meloxicamWeight gain
    54
    Woman