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Generic Name: Meloxicam
Product Name: Mobic


Mobic is used in the treatment of symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, such as joint pain and swelling.


Mobic contains meloxicam, which reduces symptoms such as inflammation and pain.

Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fever and analgesic (pain relief) action. NSAIDs work by inhibiting the activity of the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes responsible for the production of prostaglandins, which are important mediators of inflammation.

Meloxicam is different from many other NSAIDs in that it selectively inhibits only the type-2 isoenzyme, COX-2. This selectivity means that meloxicam is less likely than other NSAIDS to cause gastrointestinal side effects, such as ulcers.

Dose advice

Mobic is an ADEC Pregnancy Category C drug. It is important that you notify your doctor if you are planning to become or are currently pregnant  or breastfeeding. It is also important that you notify your doctor if you have any stomach ulcers, kidney, heart or liver conditions, or any other conditions so that your doctor may examine the risks and benefits of using this medication for you.

  • Take the dose at the same time each day to obtain the best effect, and for ease of remembering.
  • The usual dose is one tablet daily, although your doctor may prescribe a different dose for you.
  • It is best to take Mobic with or after your food to reduce any risk of stomach upset.

While taking Mobic, notify your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any dark stools or brown vomit. Also do this if you experience swollen ankles or any difficulty in breathing.

Mobic is only available via prescription from the doctor.


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Common side effects

All medicines have side effects. Some side effects can be serious, but the most common ones are mild. Common side effects occurring in more than 1% of patients prescribed Mobic include:

Consult your doctor if you experience any side effects.

Uncommon side effects

Uncommon side effects occur in less than 1% of patients. Do not be alarmed by this list – a patient will not necessarily experience any of these:

  • Blurry vision
  • Infection of the lungs, throat, nose
  • Feeling very dizzy
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Rectal bleeding with black, sticky stools
  • Vomiting blood that looks like coffee coloured vomit
  • Swollen, sore legs
  • Changes in the frequency. amount or colour of urine
  • Swollen ankles or other parts of the body
  • Jaundice
  • Signs of allergy


  1. Australian Medicines Handbook. Meloxicam. [Monograph online]AMH Pty Ltd 2007. [Cited December 14, 2007]. Available from: [URL Link]
  2. Mobic. MIMS Online. [Monograph online] MIMS Australia Pty Ltd 2007. [Cited December 14, 2007]. Available from: [URL Link]
  3. Lazo, J, Gilman A, Brunton L, Parker K. Goodman & Gilman’s the pharmacological basis of therapeutics.11th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2005

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 24 January, 2008
Reviewed On: 7 January, 2008


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