What is Mobic?Mobic is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain, redness, swelling, and heat (inflammation) that results from several types of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis [in children ≥2 years]), menstrual cramps, and other types of short-term pain.
What is the most important information I should know about Mobic?NSAIDs, such as Mobic, may increase the risk of developing serious life-threatening heart or circulation problems, such as a heart attack or stroke, which can lead to hospitalization and even death. This risk increases if you have taken an NSAID for a long time or if you have existing heart disease. These problems may occur without warning signs, so tell your doctor immediately if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or weakness.
Mobic can cause ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines at any time during treatment. The ulcers and bleeding can happen without symptoms and may cause death. The risk of getting an ulcer or bleeding increases if you are taking other medicines called corticosteroids, anticoagulants (blood thinners), or aspirin; if you have been taking NSAIDS for a long time; or if you are a smoker, drink alcohol, are older in age, or in poor health.
Get emergency help right away if you have any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath or trouble breathing; chest pain; weakness in one part or side of your body; slurred speech; or swelling of the face or throat.
Stop Mobic and call your doctor right away if you experience nausea; itching; stomach pain; flu-like symptoms; unusual weight gain; skin rash or blisters with fever; swelling of the arms, legs, hands, feet; if you are feeling more tired or weaker than usual; your skin or eyes look yellow; if you vomit blood; or you have bloody, black, or tarry bowel movements.
Do not take Mobic during the last 3 months of pregnancy. You should not take Mobic during pregnancy unless your doctor instructs you to and is aware that you are pregnant.
Who should not take Mobic?Do not take Mobic if you have or have had a heart attack or stroke, bleeding or ulcers in the stomach or intestines, are elderly, have had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAID. Do not take Mobic to treat pain right before or after heart bypass surgery (CABG).
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Mobic?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Mobic. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have or have had heart disease, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, swelling or fluid retention, ulcers in the stomach or intestine, internal bleeding, blood or clotting disorders, asthma, if you smoke or drink alcohol, if you have kidney or liver disease, are ≥65 years old, have an infection, anemia, are allergic to any ingredients in Mobic or have experienced bronchospasm (symptoms include trouble breathing) after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, or if you are pregnant, might be pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adults: The recommended dose is 7.5 milligrams (mg) once daily. Your doctor may prescribe 15 mg per day depending on your condition.
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Children ≥2 years old: Mobic oral suspension (liquid) is recommended. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child.
How should I take Mobic?Mobic should be taken as directed at the same time every day, and can be taken with or without food. Shake the liquid gently before using.
You should only take Mobic exactly as your doctor tells you, at the lowest dose possible for your treatment, and for the shortest time needed. Do not exceed 15 mg per day.
What should I avoid while taking Mobic?You should not take any other NSAID while taking Mobic. Common over-the-counter NSAIDS include Motrin (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen), as well as many combination products that may contain these medicines.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Mobic?If Mobic is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Mobic with the following: blood pressure/heart medications in a class known as angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, aspirin, cholestyramine, corticosteroids, cyclosporine, diuretics (water pills) such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide, lithium, methotrexate, other prescription NSAIDs such as celecoxib, diclofenac, and diflunisal, and warfarin.
What are the possible side effects of Mobic?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: asthma attacks in people who have asthma, upper respiratory tract infections, stomach/abdominal pain or discomfort, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, rash
Can I receive Mobic if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not take Mobic during the last 3 months of pregnancy. You should not take Mobic during pregnancy unless your doctor instructs you to and is aware that you are pregnant. It is not known whether Mobic is excreted in breast milk. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Mobic?If you miss a dose of Mobic, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Mobic?Store at room temperature.
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