Mobic (meloxicam)

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Brand Name

Mobic {Boehringer Ingelheim}

Generic Name

meloxicam, pronounced mel OKS i kam


What is Mobic?

Mobic is a medication to help relieve pain and inflammation caused from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, in adults and children who are at least 2 years old. Mobic is an NSAID, or
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Mobic works by reducing the hormones that may can cause you inflammation and pain. Mobic may also be used for purposes not indicated in this medication guide.


Key Facts About Mobic

Mobic is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAIDs.

The use of Mobic may cause heart or circulation problems, which can be life threatening. These problems may include heart attack or stroke, particularly if you use Mobic on a long-term basis.

You should not use Mobic before or after heart bypass surgery.

Mobic may rarely cause serious intestinal or stomach bleeding or perforations (forming of holes). These conditions are more likely to happen to older adults, and they can occur without warning and be fatal. You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms which may indicate intestinal bleeding, like tarry or bloody stools, or if you cough or vomit blood or a substance that looks like coffee grounds.

You should not drink alcohol while taking Mobic. You increase your risk of stomach bleeding if you drink alcohol while taking Mobic.

Seek emergency help if while taking Mobic you experience chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or problems with your vision or balance.


Before You Take Mobic

If you are allergic tomeloxicam you should not take Mobic.

If you have an allergy or a history of allergic reactions to aspirin, sulfa drugs, or other NSAIDs you should not take Mobic.

PREGNANCY/BREASTFEEDING: Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you take Mobic during the last 3 months of your pregnancy it may harm your unborn baby. Mobic passes into breast milk and may affect your baby if you are nursing. You should not take Mobic if you are breast-feeding.

Mobic should not be given to a child younger than 2 years of age without a doctor’s approval.

You should not take other NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen while you are taking Mobic. Check with your pharmacist or doctor before taking over the counter pain or cold medications. Often these products contain medications that are similar to Mobic and may increase the chances of experiencing adverse reactions when used in combination with Mobic.

If you are trying to get pregnant be aware that Mobic causes a delay in ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). Do not take Mobic if you are undergoing fertility treatment, or attempting to get pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you have a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots, or if you have congestive heart failure, heart disease or high blood pressure.

If you have a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding, liver or kidney disease, a seizure disorder like epilepsy or polyps in your nose you should tell your doctor before taking Mobic.

If you smoke or have asthma you should let your doctor know before starting treatment with Mobic.


Mobic Drug Interactions

You should inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • ACE inhibitors such as benazepril (Lotensin), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), quinapril (Accupril), or ramipril (Altace)
  • cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune)
  • diflunisal (Dolobid)
  • etodolac (Lodine)
  • furosemide (Lasix)
  • glyburide (DiaBeta, Micronase);
  • indomethacin (Indocin)
  • ketoprofen (Orudis)
  • ketorolac (Toradol)
  • ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
  • methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
  • nabumetone (Relafen)
  • naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet)
  • piroxicam (Feldene)
  • sodium polystyrene sulfonate (Kayexalate, Kionex)
  • steroid (Prednisone)
  • warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)

Other drugs you take that are not listed may interact with Mobic. You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use. This includes prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should not begin taking a new medication without telling your doctor first.


Directions for Taking Mobic

Mobic may be taken with or without food. If you are concerned that Mobic may upset your stomach you may take it with food or milk to lessen any potential stomach upset.

The maximum dose of Mobic for adults per day is 15 milligrams.

You should take Mobic exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take Mobic in larger or smaller amounts, or for shorter or longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

If you are taking Mobic Oral Suspension you should shake it well before use. Be sure to use the proper measuring device, such as a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. Do not use a regular kitchen table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Your doctor may want to have your blood tested often if you take Mobic long-term.

Mobic may cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Let any doctor or laboratory who treats you know that you are talking Mobic.

Mobic needs to be stored at room temperature, and away from light, moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose of Mobic you should attempt to take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose do not take the missed dose in addition to your regular dose.


Mobic Side Effects

Seek immediate emergency medical assistance, if you experience any of the following adverse effects while using Mobic.

  • allergic reactions such as breathing difficulties, hives or swelling of your face, lips , throat or tongue¬†

Stop using Mobic and contact your physician if you experience

  • bloody, black or tarry stools
  • chest pain
  • coughing up blood, or vomit, that looks like coffee grounds
  • itching and skin rash with bruising, numbness or pain
  • jaundice (yellowing of your skin)
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle pain
  • nausea
  • numbness or tingling
  • problems with balance or vision
  • rapid weight gain
  • shortness of breath
  • skin pain, flowed by a purple or red rash which spread, mostly in your face or upper body, and causes blistering or peeling
  • slurred speech
  • swelling of your face, tongue, extremities
  • upper stomach pain
  • urinating less than normal or not at all
  • weakness

Less serious side effects of Mobic may include

  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • gas
  • headache
  • mild skin rash
  • nervousness
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • upset stomach

It should be noted that this is not a complete list of possible side effects of Mobic. You should contact your physician for a complete list and medical advice regarding these effects.


Mobic Description and Dosing

Mobic is available in tablet dosages of 7.5 milligrams and 15 milligrams.

The 7.5 milligram tablet is pastel yellow, round, biconvex and uncoated imprinted with an “M” on one side and the Boehringer Ingelheim logo on the other side

The 15 milligram tablet is pastel yellow, oblong/oval, biconvex and uncoated.imprinted with a
“M” on one side and “15” on the other side.

Mobic is also available as a green tinged oral suspension with raspberry flavor.

You should consult your doctor for specific dosing pertaining to you. Do not attempt to alter or change your dose without your physician’s consent.

If you suspect that you have overdosed with Mobic you should seek emergency help immediately.


Ingredients in Mobic

The primary active ingredient in Mobic is meloxicam.

The inactive ingredients in Mobic tablets include colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, and sodium citrate dihydrate.

The inactive ingredients in Mobic oral suspension include colloidal silicon dioxide, hydroxyethylcellulose, sorbitol, glycerol, xylitol, monobasic sodium phosphate (dihydrate), saccharin sodium, sodium benzoate, citric acid (monohydrate), raspberry flavor, and purified water.

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