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meloxicam (mobic)

available over the counter: no

uses: for pain, stiffness and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis

mechanism of action: interferes with formation of prostaglandins ( cause inflammation and make nerves more sensitive)

side effects
• common:
diarrhea
• less common: sore throat, nausea, dizziness, upper respiratory tract infection
• serious: shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, peptic ulcer disease, kidney failure

concerns: do not take if allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs); do not use in cases of advanced liver or kidney disease

 

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