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Arthrotec vs Meloxicam, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 73

This is personalized comparison of Arthrotec vs Meloxicam for a female aged 73. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Arthrotec (latest outcomes from 5,782 users) has active ingredients of diclofenac sodium; misoprostol. It is often used in arthritis.

Meloxicam (latest outcomes from 10,334 users) has active ingredients of meloxicam. It is often used in arthritis.

On Oct, 25, 2014: 2,684 female patients aged 68 who take the same drugs are studied in Arthrotec vs Meloxicam

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug

Drugs to compare:

Arthrotec diclofenac sodium; misoprostolGd Searle Llc
Meloxicam meloxicamApotex Inc

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 68 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Arthrotec (Gd Searle Llc)Meloxicam (Apotex Inc)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
DiarrhoeaDrug Ineffective
PainFatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Asthenia (weakness)Fall
Abdominal Pain NosWeight Decreased
Pain In ExtremityDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Dizziness
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Asthenia (weakness)
Osteoarthritis (a joint disease caused by cartilage loss in a joint)Arthralgia (joint pain)
Drug IneffectiveVomiting

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Arthrotec (Gd Searle Llc)Meloxicam (Apotex Inc)
Nephrotic Syndrome (kidney disease with proteinuria, hypoalbuminemia, and oedema)Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (systemic activation of blood coagulation)
Staphylococcal Sepsis (blood infection by an infection with staphylococcus bacteria)Melaena (the passage of black, tarry stools)
Postmenopausal Haemorrhage (post-menopausal bleeding)Interstitial Lung Disease
Aspartate Aminotransferase IncreasedPneumothorax (the presence of air or gas in the cavity between the lungs and the chest wall, causing collapse of the lung)
Alanine Aminotransferase IncreasedPlatelet Count Decreased
Tic - Facial (a sudden, repetitive, nonrhythmic motor movement of facial muscles)Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion
DepressionLung Neoplasm (tumour of lung)
Bronchitis Chronic (inflammation of the mucous membrane in the bronchial tubes- chronic)Haemorrhagic Diathesis (bleeding tendency)
Gerd (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease)Generalised Oedema (swelling all over the body)
AnxietyTinnitus (a ringing in the ears)

Drug effectiveness:

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Arthrotec (diclofenac sodium; misoprostol) is often used to treat arthritis. Meloxicam (meloxicam) is often used to treat arthritis. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

Recent related drug comparison:

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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