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Meloxicam and ibuprofen are both nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and therefore, it is neither necessary nor recommended to take the two together, unless otherwise noted by your doctor.

If you are experiencing increased pain, or if you do not feel any relief from meloxicam, it is important to talk with your doctor about your symptoms. They will be able to assess whether or not you need an increased dose, a change in medication or a different treatment plan.

What medications should not be taken with meloxicam?

For more information regarding meloxicam interactions, please visit our meloxicam interactions page.

Your doctor will be able to provide you with information regarding which medicines you can and cannot take while taking meloxicam, based on your individual health profile.

Is meloxicam stronger than Ibuprofen?

In a way yes, meloxicam is a more potent NSAID than ibuprofen. They both have their own place in therapy. Some patients may prefer one over the other. Meloxicam is a prescription NSAID, whereas Ibuprofen can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC). Doctors prescribe meloxicam to treat pain related to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and in some cases, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).

If you are experiencing severe pain due to any of these health conditions, talk with your doctor about a treatment plan to relieve symptoms.

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