Meloxicam (Mobic) is one of the most popular prescription NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in the pharmacy. According to our calculations, over 22 million prescriptions are dispensed each year. Doctors prescribe meloxicam ahead of naproxen, diclofenac and celecoxib. Are patients warned about a potentially serious side effect: hypertension?

A Reader Wants to Know About High BP:

Q. I have been on meloxicam to treat arthritis pain for about a month now. I had a procedure done yesterday and the nurse told me to keep an eye on my blood pressure until I see my doctor again.

I checked it again this evening and it was 168/117. My blood pressure was never this high before I started taking meloxicam. Could the drug be raising my BP?

A. The official prescribing information for Mobic states:

“NSAIDs, including MOBIC, can lead to new onset or worsening of preexisting hypertension, either of which may contribute to the increased incidence of CV [cardiovascular] events.”

All NSAIDs, including ibuprofen and naproxen, have the potential to raise blood pressure. You should definitely discuss this problem with your physician at your earliest opportunity.

Other Meloxicam Side Effects Include:

  • Digestive distress
  • Skin rash
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Kidney damage
  • Blood clots
  • Heart attacks and strokes

Share Your Own Story:

How well has meloxicam worked for you? Have you experienced any side effects or were the benefits far greater than the risks? Please share your experience in the comment section below.

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