Unfortunately, because everyone has different risks and different levels of benefit from the same drug, there are no hard and fast rules about how long someone can safely take a drug. The risks of Mobic, like other nonsteroidal antiinflamamtory drugs include stomach ulcers with or without bleeding, liver irritation, kidney failure. In general, these risks are highest in the elderly, those who also take steroids, those with prior similar side effects with other nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, those with underlying kidney or liver disease.
About Joan Bathon, M.D.
Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.