The pain medication meloxicam (Mobic®) is generally safe and well tolerated. However, it can cause dangerous side effects and may not be suitable for everyone. For example, this medicine may not be suitable for people with heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
Side effects that may occur during treatment include diarrhea, nausea, and headaches. Reactions to this medication tend to be minor and easily treated. However, serious side effects are possible and require immediate medical attention. Some serious problems can include chest pain, shortness of breath, and slurred speech.
All nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including meloxicam, have been reported to cause problems in the stomach and intestines, including bleeding (known as gastrointestinal bleeding), stomach ulcers, or holes in the stomach or intestines. These problems can lead to serious complications or even loss of life. To decrease the chances of these problems occurring, it is recommended that people take the smallest effective dose for the shortest period of time.
(To learn more about other potential dangers of this drug, click Side Effects of Meloxicam and Precautions and Warnings With Meloxicam.)