Mobic is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to relieve pain, inflammation, and swelling caused by various conditions, including arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The active ingredient in Mobic is meloxicam, which belongs to a class of drugs called selective COX-2 inhibitors.
Mobic works by reducing the production of certain chemicals in the body that cause inflammation and pain. It is available in tablet form and is typically taken once a day.
Do’s and Don’ts
Do not take Mobic if you are allergic to meloxicam or any other NSAID, or if you have a history of asthma, hives, or other allergic reactions to aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Do not take Mobic if you have a history of stomach or intestinal bleeding, ulcers, or perforation.
Do not take Mobic if you are in the last trimester of pregnancy, as it may harm the unborn baby.
Do not take Mobic if you have severe liver disease or kidney disease.
Do not take Mobic if you are taking other NSAIDs, blood thinners, or certain medications for high blood pressure.
Before taking Mobic, inform your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, kidney or liver disease, asthma, or fluid retention.
Possible Side Effects
The most common side effects of Mobic include stomach upset, gas, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and headache. These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own.
Serious side effects of Mobic may include allergic reactions, stomach or intestinal bleeding, ulcers, or perforation, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure, heart problems, and fluid retention.
If you experience any severe or persistent side effects while taking Mobic, contact your doctor immediately.
The recommended starting dose of Mobic is 7.5 mg taken once daily. Your doctor may increase the dose to 15 mg if necessary.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Overdose of Mobic can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, and shallow breathing. If you think you have taken too much Mobic, seek medical attention immediately.
Mobic may interact with other medications and herbal supplements, including other NSAIDs, blood thinners, diuretics, ACE inhibitors, and methotrexate. These interactions may increase the risk of side effects or affect how well the medications work.
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products, before starting Mobic.
It is important to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Mobic, as it may increase the risk of stomach bleeding and liver damage.
Inquiring About Mobic
- Q: Can I take Mobic with aspirin?
- A: It is generally not recommended to take Mobic with aspirin, as it may increase the risk of stomach bleeding and ulcers.
- Q: Can I drive or operate machinery while taking Mobic?
- A: Mobic may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience these side effects, avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how the medication affects you.
- Q: How long does it take for Mobic to start working?
- A: The effects of Mobic may be noticeable within a few hours after taking the medication, but it may take several weeks of regular use for the full benefits to be experienced.
- Q: Can I take Mobic if I have a history of heart disease?
- A: Before taking Mobic, inform your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, as the medication may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Q: Can I take Mobic while breastfeeding?
- A: It is not recommended to take Mobic while breastfeeding, as it may pass into breast milk and harm the nursing baby. Consult with your doctor for alternative options.