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What should I know about Mobic before taking it?

Before taking Mobic (meloxicam), a drug prescribed for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, you should know that it may increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Your doctor will help you weigh Mobic's benefits against this risk. If you know you need to have a coronary artery bypass graft (a type of heart surgery), do not take Mobic right before or right after the operation.

Mobic belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Most NSAIDs have the same heart risk as Mobic. In addition, these drugs increase the risk of ulcers and bleeding of the stomach and intestines. If you are older, drink alcohol, smoke, have poor health or take oral steroids or blood thinners, this risk is increased.

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