When taking any prescribed medication, it is important to know any potential side effects to watch out for during use. Some meloxicam side effects are more common and are nothing to be concerned about. Other meloxicam (Mobic) side effects are more rare and potential dangerous. If these occur, you should discontinue use of the medication and call your physician immediately.
Common side effects of Mobic (Meloxicam)
Gastrointestinal problems are common side effects of meloxicam, and most of these effects are not that serious. If you experience stomach pain, bloating, gas, or diarrhea, be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Other mild reactions could include a minor rash, nervousness, a headache, or dizziness. These common side effects are not considered dangerous. Your doctor has prescribed this medication because they have determined that the potential benefits of the drug will outweigh any minor annoyance caused by these side effects.
Rare and dangerous side effects of Mobic (Meloxicam)
If you experience any of these less common, but more dangerous, side effects of Mobic, seek medical assistance immediately. Gastrointestinal conditions may worsen to include blood in the stool. If there is blood in your stool, or if you begin to cough up blood or black, gritty mucus, stop taking the medication immediately. These are signs of a dangerous stomach bleed.
If a skin rash becomes severe and the skin tingles or burns, this could be the sign of an allergic reaction. If dizziness or headache progresses into shortness of breath, blurred vision, chest pains, and loss of balance, this may be a sign of a more serious reaction. Also, seek help if you become jaundiced or can no longer urinate (or have extremely reduced amounts of urination) as this may indicate an issue in the kidneys or liver.
Mobic (meloxicam) and alcohol
One of the most dangerous potential side effects of meloxicam is a stomach bleed. Mixing meloxicam (Mobic) and alcohol greatly increases the risk of this dangerous side effect. Thus, it is vital to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while taking meloxicam.
Also, do not take any other drugs in the NSAID category while taking meloxicam. This would include drugs that have ibuprofen as an active ingredient (such as Advil). There are many NSAID drugs, so inform your physician of any medication you are currently taking, and check on any over the counter drug that you intend to take while on meloxicam. Combining NSAID medication will greatly increase the risk of dangerous side effects and can potentially result in an overdose.