It is not considered safe to consume alcohol while using meloxicam. Doing so can raise the risk of gastrointestinal issues, including ulcers. Meloxicam (brand name Mobic) is a drug prescribed for those who experience joint pain due to various forms of arthritis.
Why Is Meloxicam Used?
Meloxicam works by reducing proteins and cells in your body that cause inflammation. This reduces pain in joints and diminishes swelling. It is sold as a tablet and in liquid form. NSAIDs are known not considered addictive, but they do come with the potential for risks and side effects, including the following:
Increased blood pressure – NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause a rise in blood pressure. This forces fluids to stay in the body longer and could cause kidney problems in the long term.
Liver issues – Persons who experience current liver issues should not use meloxicam because it can cause injury to this organ. This may present through yellowing in the eyes or skin (jaundice), fatigue, and dark urine.
Gastrointestinal issues – Ulcers, bleeding, and other stomach issues may occur.
Skin issues – Dehydration, peeling of the skin, and organ failure could be signs of Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
- Back pain
- Flu-like symptoms
Other side effects include the following:
Interactions with Other Substances
It is best not to use other psychoactive or intoxicating substances when you are using meloxicam. Using certain substances, including alcohol, may cause additional problems when taking NSAIDs:
Blood thinners – These can amplify the chance of bleeding.
Other NSAIDs – Meloxicam, along with other NSAIDs, even over-the-counter (OTC) medication such as aspirin, can raise the risk of bleeding.
Blood pressure and medication for cardiovascular health – This includes beta-blockers and diuretics. Meloxicam and other NSAIDs can prevent these medications from working effectively.
Meloxicam and Alcohol
Drinking consistently or excessively can cause more problems with NSAIDs because it irritates the stomach’s lining. This may increase the risk of gastrointestinal problems, including bleeding.
Some individuals with arthritis may take more than one medication to cope with their symptoms. Whether a prescription or OTC NSAID is taken, they all usually come with a warning not to consume alcohol when taking it.
Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing a stomach ulcer or stomach bleeding. These issues may occur during any stage of arthritis treatment.
Those who are using meloxicam should avoid drinking alcohol. Although it is better to avoid all alcohol, it’s best not to exceed three standard drinks per day if one must engage in alcohol consumption.
People who take NSAIDs for a prolonged period are at additional risk. Older persons and people who have compromised immune systems should avoid mixing alcohol and NSAIDs altogether. The elderly are at an increased risk of adverse reactions due to existing heart, blood pressure, and kidney problems.
Ultimately, avoiding all alcohol or other drugs while using meloxicam is the best way to stay safe from possible adverse effects.
It is possible to overdose on meloxicam even without the use of alcohol. Symptoms may include the following:
- Heart attack
- Unresponsiveness or coma
- Breathing difficulties
Alcohol poisoning symptoms include the following:
- Slow or irregular breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
- Blue-tinged skin or pale skin (cyanosis)
- Low body temperature (hypothermia)
- Passing out (unconsciousness) and can’t be wakened
Overdose on any substance is considered a medical emergency, and help should be sought immediately by calling 911 or visiting the nearest emergency room.
Getting Professional Help for Alcoholism
Those who are using meloxicam and are continuing to drink despite attempts to quit are urged to seek professional help as soon as possible. Alcoholism is a potentially severe and life-long disease, and consuming it can affect a person’s mental and physical health and well-being. These can be further complicated with the use of other substances, even relatively safe prescription medications, such as meloxicam.
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- Health and wellness education
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