Ibuprofen and Mobic (meloxicam) are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis.

A difference is ibuprofen is also used for relief of mild to moderate pain and for treatment of primary dysmenorrhea.

Mobic is available by prescription only, while ibuprofen is available over-the-counter (OTC).

Brand names for ibuprofen include Advil and Motrin.

WHAT ARE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF IBUPROFEN?

Common side effects of Ibuprofen include:

  • stomach pain,
  • constipation,
  • diarrhea,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • heartburn,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • nervousness,
  • skin itching or rash,
  • blurred vision, or
  • ringing in the ears.

Other side effects of Motrin may occur. Consult your physician if you experience any possible side effects of Motrin.

WHAT ARE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF MOBIC?

Common side effects of Mobic include:

  • stomach upset,
  • nausea,
  • drowsiness,
  • diarrhea,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • dizziness,
  • nervousness,
  • headache,
  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • sore throat, or
  • skin rash.

Tell your doctor if less common but serious side effects of Mobic occur including:

  • chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools;
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • or swelling or rapid weight gain.

WHAT IS IBUPROFEN?

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) indicated for relief of the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, for relief of mild to moderate pain, and for treatment of primary dysmenorrhea. A generic formulation is available.

WHAT IS MOBIC?

Mobic (meloxicam) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis.

WHAT DRUGS INTERACT WITH IBUPROFEN?

Ibuprofen may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

WHAT DRUGS INTERACT WITH MOBIC?

Mobic may interact with lithium, diuretics (water pills), methotrexate, blood thinners, steroids, and aspirin or other NSAIDs. Mobic may also interact with cyclosporine, glyburide, and ACE inhibitors.

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