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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Mobic (Meloxicam) is an oxicam-class non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, pain & to treat other conditions as determined by a Veterinarian. It contains the same active ingredient as Metacam, Meloxicam, but Mobic is prescribed for human use and is therefore dosed at a much higher level. Some Veterinarians may prescribe Mobic as it may be be a more economical option for larger canines.
Lowest human dose of Mobic (Meloxicam) is 7.5mg.
Initial dose of Metacam (Meloxicam): 0.1 mg/lb (0.2 mg/kg). It is then decreased to 0.05 mg/lb (0.1 mg/kg) once a day. Meloxicam should only be prescribed to dogs by a Veterinarian.
For Example: a 75lb. dog only needs 3.75mg (based on 0.05mg.lb/day) which is only one-half of one 7.5mg tablet of Mobic.
Consult your Veterinarian for directions.
Mobic (Meloxicam) is inappropriate for smaller dogs due the high dosage level. Consult your Veterinarian. Side effects to Meloxicam include upset stomach, appetite loss, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dark stools or stomach ulcers. Serious side effects may involve the kidneys (increased thirst and urination) or the liver (jaundiced gums, skin, eyes). Signs of overdose and toxicity are pale gums, lethargy, shedding, lack of coordination, seizures, increased respiration and behavioral changes. Allergic reactions include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs or coma. Contact your Veterinarian immediately.