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Mobic vs. Ultram

Are Mobic and Ultram the Same Thing?

Mobic (meloxicam) and Ultram (tramadol) are used to treat pain.

Mobic is used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis.

Ultram is used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults.

Mobic and Ultram are belong to different drug classes. Mobic is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and Ultram is a narcotic pain reliever.

Side effects of Mobic and Ultram that are similar include stomach upset, nausea, drowsiness, diarrhea, dizziness, nervousness, headache, or skin rash.

Side effects of Mobic that are different from Ultram include bloating, gas, runny or stuffy nose, or sore throat.

Side effects of Ultram that are different from Mobic include agitation, anxiety, seizures (convulsions), spinning sensation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, vomiting, constipation, loss of coordination, and fainting.

Both Mobic and Ultram may interact with alcohol, antidepressants, or heart or blood pressure medications.

Mobic may also interact with cyclosporine, lithium, diuretics (water pills), glyburide, methotrexate, blood thinners, steroids, sodium polystyrene sulfonate, or aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Ultram may also interact with other narcotics, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), antibiotics, antifungal medications, seizure medication, medicines to treat HIV or hepatitis C, drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (sleeping pills, sedatives, muscle relaxers, tranquilizers, or antipsychotics), or medicines for Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting.

Do not stop using Ultram suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using tramadol.

Mobic may also interact with cyclosporine, glyburide, or sodium polystyrene sulfonate.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Mobic?

Common side effects of Mobic include:

  • injection site reactions (redness, itching, pain, bruising, swelling, or bleeding),
  • headache,
  • suffy nose,
  • sinus pain, or
  • stomach pain.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Mobic including:

  • stomach upset,
  • nausea,
  • drowsiness,
  • diarrhea,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • dizziness,
  • nervousness,
  • headache,
  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • sore throat, or
  • skin rash.

Tell your doctor if less common but serious side effects of Mobic occur including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Ultram?

Common side effects of Ultram include:

  • agitation,
  • nervousness,
  • anxiety,
  • seizures (convulsions),
  • skin rash,
  • dizziness,
  • spinning sensation,
  • hallucinations,
  • fever,
  • fast heart rate,
  • overactive reflexes,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • upset stomach,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • loss of coordination,
  • headache,
  • drowsiness, and
  • fainting.

What Is Mobic?

Mobic (meloxicam) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain or inflammation caused by arthritis. Mobic is available in generic form.

What Is Ultram?

Ultram is a strong prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid (narcotic) that is used for the management pain in adults, when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines do not treat your pain well enough or you cannot tolerate them. Ultram is an opioid pain medicine that can put you at risk for overdose and death. Even if you take your dose correctly as prescribed you are at risk for opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse that can lead to death.

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The term arthritis refers to stiffness in the joints. See Answer

What Drugs Interact With Mobic?

Do not take Mobic:

What Drugs Interact With Ultram?

Ultram is contraindicated in patients receiving MAO inhibitors or who have used them within the previous 14 days.

The use of clozapine and lorazepam may produce marked sedation, excessive salivation, hypotension, ataxia, delirium, and respiratory arrest.

How Should Mobic Be Taken?

Carefully consider the potential benefits and risks of Mobic and other treatment options before deciding to use Mobic. Use the lowest effective dosage for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals.

How Should Ultram Be Taken?

Do not change your dose. Take Ultram exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Use the lowest dose possible for the shortest time needed.

Take your prescribed dose as indicated by your health care provider. The maximum dosage is 1 or 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours, as needed for pain relief. Do not take more than your prescribed dose and do not take more than 8 tablets per day. If you miss a dose, take your next dose at your usual time.

Call your healthcare provider if the dose you are taking does not control your pain.

If you have been taking Ultram regularly, do not stop taking Ultram without talking to your healthcare provider.

After you stop taking Ultram, ask your pharmacist how to dispose of any unused tablets.

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Reviewed on 3/11/2019
References

DailyMed. Mobic Product Information.
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/lookup.cfm?setid=676e73fb-51d2-449a-8749-1a7bcc257b11
DailyMed. Ultram Prescribing Information.
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=45f59e6f-1794-40a4-8f8b-3a9415924468&audience=consumer
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