What is Mobic?
Mobic is a drug for use in various arthritic diseases. It is of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory type and is prescribed for pain and inflammation present in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Mobic, has the generic name of “meloxicam”, is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and got its US Food and Drug Authority approval last April 14, 200O. It is intended to be a prescription drug available in 7.5mg and 15mg tablets, and 5ml-7.5mg oral suspension.
Mobic or meloxicam targets the inflammation present in arthritis by blocking the enzyme that creates the substance called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are said to cause the inflammation in joints, leading to tenderness, pain, or swelling.
Care must be taken before taking Mobic. Many suggest taking the drug with food and/or water to prevent stomach problems. The drug is also contraindicated for those with hives, asthma, ulcers, stomach bleeding, severe kidney and liver problems. Caution is also advised for those who had recent coronary bypass surgery, as Mobic may cause circulation problems which may be life-threatening.
Side effects of the drug include intestinal or stomach pain, bleeding, diarrhea, indigestion, headaches, dizziness, nausea, rashes, and sometimes flu-related symptoms. Long-term use of the drug must be greatly monitored by licensed physicians as this drug may lead to intestinal bleeding, stomach ulcerations, liver damage, and fluid retention. The use of Mobic also increases the risk of various heart diseases like stroke and hypertension.
The use of Mobic or meloxicam with certain drugs is also ill-advised because of possible interactions. The use of aspirin is cautioned for the increased risk of ulcers. Drugs containing lithium can also have negative interactions with this drug. Those taking warfarin, or other blood-thinning medications must also be careful to prevent bleeding. Other drugs or group of drugs that can cause interactions with Mobic are furosemide, methotrexate, and ACE inhibitors.