What is Meloxicam?
Meloxicam is a type of medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It contains the active ingredient meloxicam which reduces inflammatory responses such as redness, swelling, pain and fever. Meloxicam is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Meloxicam used for?
Meloxicam is used to treat arthritis. It reduces pain, swelling, and stiffness of the joints. Meloxicam is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).If you are treating a chronic condition such as arthritis, ask your doctor about non-drug treatments and/or using other medications to treat your pain. See also Warning section.
How to use Meloxicam
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Drink a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) with it unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this drug.
If you are taking the liquid form of this medication, shake the bottle gently before each dose. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
If you are taking the disintegrating tablet, do not remove the tablet from the packaging until you are ready to take it. With dry hands, peel back the foil to carefully remove the tablet. Do not push the tablet through the foil because doing so can damage it. Place the tablet on your tongue right away and allow it to dissolve. After the tablet has melted, it can be swallowed with or without liquid.
Meloxicam is available in various strengths. Strength, length of treatment and daily dose must be determined by a doctor. The general recommended dose in adults and children aged 16 years and above is:
- one 7.5-mg tablet or 15-mg tablet once daily.
Do not exceed the maximum daily dose of 15 mg. Always follow the prescription exactly – never take more or less than the doctor recommends. Meloxicam should not be used in children under 16 years of age. Read the package leaflet before use.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: easy bruising/bleeding, persistent/severe headache, mental/mood changes, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), unexplained stiff neck, symptoms of heart failure (such as swelling ankles/feet, unusual tiredness, unusual/sudden weight gain).
This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of liver damage, including: dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting/loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are severe. For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Meloxicam
Meloxicam is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to other NSAIDs, the active ingredient meloxicam or any other ingredient this medicine;
- You have an active peptic ulcer or bleeding from the gut;
- You have a severe liver, kidney or heart disease;
- You have Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory bowel disease;
- You have a bleeding disorder or history of bleeding disorders;
- You have uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Consult a doctor if you have a health condition that is not listed above or are currently on medication. Meloxicam may interact with certain medicines. For more information, see the package leaflet.