Mobic - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Mobic: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Mobic?

Mobic is the brand name of the generic drug Meloxicam. This drug is a prescription, strong pain-killing medication for relieving symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, joint stiffness, and other moderate to severe pain or inflammatory conditions. 

It can be administered as a single medication or along with other medicines. It belongs to the class of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Furthermore, it is available as tablets, oral suspension liquids, capsules, or disintegrating tablets.

What are the uses of Mobic?

It is an anti-inflammatory drug that doctors prescribe to provide symptomatic relief from pain and inflammation in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children above 2 years, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. 

It is sometimes also given to treat ankylosing spondylitis, which is arthritis of the spine. This drug acts to lower the prostaglandin hormone levels, an inflammation-causing hormone, thereby reducing pain, swelling, stiffness, and tenderness.

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What are the side effects of Mobic?

This drug potentially causes many adverse effects such as:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Disturbed vision
  • Skin rash
  • Heartburn
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation and bloating 
  • Nervousness 
  • Stuffy nose 
  • Sore throat
  • Dark urine
  • Raised potassium levels
  • Abnormal bleeding

Meloxicam can cause circulatory abnormalities on long-term usage. One should avoid drinking alcohol with it as it may enhance the risk of gastric bleeding. 

Moreover, one should let the effects of Mobic subside before taking other NSAIDs because such drug combinations may cause a gastrointestinal disturbance. The daily dose of Meloxicam should not exceed 15 mg, as it is advisable to keep the dose the smallest just to achieve relief.


Frequently Asked Questions about Mobic

1. Is Mobic addictive?

No. Unlike opioid drugs, it does not cause any addiction, but its excessive usage can be potentially dangerous. So, it does not fall in the scheduled drug category.
Although long-term consumption of Meloxicam is not very safe, it does not cause addiction. But people may depend on it for pain relief.

2. How long after taking Mobic can I take Ibuprofen?

One should let the effects of Mobic subside before taking Ibuprofen because both belong to the same drug family that is NSAIDs. Therefore, such a combination may cause a gastrointestinal disturbance.
Meloxicam stays in the body for up to 20 hours, so one should wait for this much period before taking the second drug.

3. Is Mobic 15 mg a narcotic?

No. It is not a narcotic. It belongs to the class of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
NSAIDs affect certain receptors to reduce the secretion of pain-causing hormones. Therefore, it subsides the inflammation to reduce pain. On the other hand, narcotics work to reduce the feeling of pain.

4. How long does Mobic 15 mg stay in your system?

Meloxicam stays in the body for up to 20 hours and then gets eliminated from the body via urine. Meloxicam attains its peak concentration in 6 hours after administration. So, one should let the effects of Mobic subside before taking any other NSAID.

5. What to take instead of Mobic?

Instead of this drug, one can take Celebrex.
Celebrex is also one of the NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) used for the symptomatic relief and treatment of arthritis. It also works by lowering prostaglandin (inflammation-causing hormone) levels to relieve pain and inflammation.

6. Is Mobic stronger than Ibuprofen?

Undoubtedly, Meloxicam is stronger and more potent than Ibuprofen. That is why doctors prescribe to take this medicine only once a day. However, adverse reactions of Meloxicam are more frequent than that of Ibuprofen.

7. Is Mobic a good pain reliever?

Yes. Although both Mobic and Ibuprofen belong to NSAIDs, the former is a more potent painkiller. Mobic gives fast relief from symptoms of moderate to severe pain or inflammatory conditions.

8. Is Mobic bad for kidneys?

Yes. Long-term usage of this drug depletes kidney function and even worsens the prevailing kidney damage. One can reverse the damage by stopping the consumption of Mobic. Doctors usually do not prescribe this drug to patients suffering from kidney problems or diseases.

9. Can pregnant women take Mobic?

One should not consume Meloxicam after 30 weeks into pregnancy, as it may have a negative impact. It may cause fetal death or teratogenic effects. Moreover, if you are trying for pregnancy for long, you should avoid taking this as it delays ovulation.

10. Can I take Mobic while breastfeeding?

It is still controversial and unexplained whether Meloxicam passes through breast milk to the child or not. But if it does, it can do great harm to the child’s health. So, discuss with your doctor before consuming Meloxicam during breastfeeding.

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