Meloxicam And Alcohol: Is A Glass of Wine Okay With Mobic?

Last Updated: July 17, 2020

Authored by Olivier George, Ph.D.

Meloxicam, also known as Mobic, is classified as an NSAID which is commonly used for treating inflammation, reducing pain and fever and mitigating the effects of bone problems such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. However, taking alcohol and meloxicam together can lead to major interactions, which in turn can cause mild to severe adverse effects ranging from nausea to gastrointestinal problems like stomach ulcers, kidney problems, and even death.

Can a Patient Drink Alcohol While Taking Meloxicam?

man holding a glass of alcohol and a handful of meloxicam pillsMeloxicam as a controlled substance has a clear and precise list of instructions that patients should follow. The standard Mobic box warning states that alcohol is prohibited with this drug. Meloxicam recreational use is also dangerous for an individual’s health. Although the drug is not strong enough to create a “high” or euphoric feelings in an individual, some patients try to combine UL 15 pill with strong drinks believing that this mix will double its pain-relieving effects.

Side Effects of Meloxicam and Alcohol Consumption

Mobic interactions with alcohol produce a number of adverse results. For instance, drinking while being on meloxicam medication can result in stomach ulcers, without any warning symptoms. A more detailed description of meloxicam and alcohol side-effects is listed below:

Common Mobic and Alcohol Adverse Effects

The most common side effect of taking meloxicam 15mg and alcohol is gastrointestinal blood loss. This is caused by the combined effects of both substances and compromised prostaglandins. This condition is called Gastritis, which occurs when the stomach lining becomes irritated.
Other common gastrointestinal side effects include: woman is sick and vomiting after taking meloxicam with alcohol

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Intestinal or Stomach Bleeding
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain

Long Term Side Effects of Meloxicam Interaction With Alcohol

Long-term adverse reactions of taking Mobic with alcohol borders on digestive problems, such as:

  • Ruptures
  • Stomach Ulcer
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart attack or Stroke
  • Liver problems

If Mobic 7.5 mg or 15 mg will be used for a long time, any intake of any drink is ill-advised during the period. Long term use is generally known to damage patient’s health and three or more drinks per day while on medication is known to increase this risk.

Risks Of Alcohol Intake For Patients With Arthritis

Mobic medication is widely prescribed for patients with arthritis. When alcohol interacts with arthritis and osteoarthritis medication like Mobic, it affects the integrity of the drug and its efficacy, especially in elderly patients. For patients with osteoarthritis, consuming alcohol is also ill-advised due to its high purine levels which can lead to flare-ups.
Drinks are also prohibited by the labels of the majority of Mobic alternatives. Whenever a patient takes meloxicam or Celebrex, as Mobic substitution, the effectiveness of the drug is also diminished when it is taken with a strong drink.

Is a Glass of Wine Okay with Meloxicam?

mix alcohol with mobic pills and glass of red wineDrinking wine is also not advised when an individual is on Mobic medication. Although meloxicam with alcohol should be avoided, drinking a glass of wine is unlikely to cause any severe damage to a person’s health. For example, ingesting alcohol with meloxicam can lead to stomach irritation.
If patients desire to consume alcohol while on medication, they must discuss the recommended limits with a physician. The limits for a healthy person are measured within two units daily and fourteen units per week for women, and a maximum of three units daily and twenty-one units per week for men.
Doctors advise that wine intake be limited if patients can’t completely abstain. It is also recommended to take alcohol with food to reduce its effects. A typical drink should be a small glass of wine, a half pint of beer, or one measure of spirits.  If an individual finds it hard to stick to these limits, then it is best to speak to a physician. Excessive intake of alcohol while on meloxicam medication will cause severe adverse reactions mentioned above. If the individual had noticed any of them a doctor should be contacted immediately.

How Long After Taking Meloxicam Can One Drink?

If a patient has been on Mobic for a while, or meloxicam 15mg is prescribed for long term use, then liquors must be avoided. Mobic is known to last for up to 24 hours after intake. That is much longer in comparison with ibuprofen effects, for example. Ingesting liquors after that duration can be permissible as a patient has to wait until the medication is cleared from the stomach. Even under such conditions, the intake must be limited to one or two drinks.
If a patient has any questions concerning the side effects of meloxicam and its interactions with alcohol and other substances, they should speak with a health professional who will advice the safest way of taking this drug.


Page Sources

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4823794/

Published on: May 14th, 2019

Updated on: July 17th, 2020

About Author

Olivier George, Ph.D.

Olivier George is a medical writer and head manager of the rehab center in California. He spends a lot of time in collecting and analyzing the traditional approaches for substance abuse treatment and assessing their efficiency.

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  • Carolyn
    I took 1 mobic 24 hours ago can I drink alcohol