Mobic is the brand name of the drug meloxicam. It belongs to the class of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is recommended for treating inflammation, pain and tenderness of joints affected by arthritis. Although it cannot cure the underlying cause of arthritis, it is used for alleviating the symptoms of the ailment.
Mobic For Treating Arthritis
How Mobic works
The joint tissues affected by arthritis release hormone-like chemicals known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins trigger inflammation. Moreover, they aggravate pain by amplifying the pain signals. People suffering from arthritis have high levels of prostaglandins. By suppressing activities of enzymes known as COX-1 and COX-2 released by the immune system, Mobic inhibits synthesis of prostaglandins. Drop in prostaglandin production reduces inflammation and pain of the joints.
How to Use Mobic for arthritis
Usually the lowest dose of the pain relief medication is recommended for treating arthritis pain. At the initial stage of treatment, you doctor may prescribe 7.5 mg tablet. 15 mg tablets are prescribed occasionally for healing severe arthritis pain. Mobic is a highly potent NSAID. It is usually taken once a day. For best results, take it around the same time each day. You can take it with or without food.
Precautions to be Taken
Mobic may interact with certain medications. It may interact with drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors prescribed to patients suffering from heart problems or high blood pressure. It may even interact with diuretics known as furosemide. Mobic may reduce the effectiveness of these drugs, which may push up your blood pressure level or cause other health complications.
Your doctor may change the dosage of the ACE inhibitor or diuretic while prescribing Mobic for healing arthritis pain. Mobic should not be taken with aspirin. When combined with aspirin, it increases the risk of ulceration of the stomach. Mobic is usually not recommended for people with history of allergy to NSAIDs.
Drugs taken for reducing cholesterol level in the blood such as cholestyramine, colesevelam and colestipol when taken with Mobic may retard absorption of the drug in the intestine, thereby reducing the effectiveness of the medication in treating arthritis pain.
People on lithium and blood thinning drugs or anticoagulants should use Mobic with caution. It is advisable to avoid alcohol or limit alcohol consumption to not more than three drinks a day while treating arthritis pain with Mobic. Alcohol intake increases the risk of ulceration in people on NSAIDs. Mobic should not be used by pregnant women.
Side effects of Mobic
Gas, diarrhea or constipation, runny nose, cough and sore throat are possible side effects of Mobic. To prevent adverse effects of the drug on the gastrointestinal tract, it is advisable to take it with food or milk. Mobic is one of the safer NSAIDs and is less harmful for the stomach and the intestines. Nonetheless, Mobic is recommended for short-term use. Prolonged use of this drug increases the risk of blood clot, which may lead to heart attack or stroke. It may even damage the kidneys.
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