What is meloxicam?
Meloxicam is an anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly used to treat arthritis. It helps to treat pain, stiffness, inflammation, and swelling in the joints. Meloxicam is used to treat rheumatoid and osteoarthritis in adults, as well as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children younger than 2 years of age.
Meloxicam is a strong painkiller that should be prescribed by a doctor. It can come in the form of a tablet, a dispersible tablet, a capsule, or an oral suspension liquid. Other popular meloxicam brand names include Mobic, Vivlodex, and Meloxicam Comfort Pac. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals produces the brand name Mobic, and many other manufacturers make generic meloxicam.
What is meloxicam used for?
Meloxicam is used to treat pain and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It works by blocking the enzymes cyclooxygenase 1 and 2, which lower the levels of the inflammatory hormone, prostaglandin. Meloxicam is sometimes used to treat a condition called ankylosing spondylitis, a rheumatoid arthritis that affects the spine.
The main symptoms treated with meloxicam are pain, stiffness, swelling, and sensitivity. Many people use ibuprofen to try and treat their arthritis symptoms as they arise, and although both ibuprofen and meloxicam are non-inflammatory drugs, meloxicam is potent. In another study, patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and hip showed a significant improvement after 12 weeks compared with placebo.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Meloxicam is used to relieve pain, sensitivity, inflammation, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (rheumatoid arthritis) and rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis). Meloxicam is also used to relieve pain, sensitivity, inflammation, and stiffness caused by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (a type of arthritis that affects children) in children 2 years of age and older. Meloxicam belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by stopping the body’s production of the substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.
Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take too much, do not take too often, and do not take it longer than prescribed by your doctor. Taking too much of this drug may increase the risk of side effects.
This medicine should come with a prescription. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Shake the mouth liquid well before each use. Measure the dose with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or cup of medicine. A typical household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of fluid.
Swallow the capsule or tablet. Do not crush, crush, or chew.
To use the disintegrating tablet:
- Make sure your hands are dry before handling the tablet.
- Do not open the bubble pack containing the tablet until you are ready to use it.
- Clean the foil from the blister to remove the tablet. Do not cover the tablet with foil.
- Put the tablet in your mouth or tongue. It should melt immediately. Swallow the melted tablets or do not drink any liquid.
You can take this medicine with or without food.
Only use this type of medication prescribed by your doctor. Different products may not work in the same way. If you refill your medicine and it looks different, contact your pharmacist.
Side effects of Meloxicam:
Meloxicam can cause side effects or serious side effects. The following list contains some of the key side effects that can occur while taking meloxicam.
For more information on the possible side effects of meloxicam, or tips on how to deal with anxiety, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Many common side effects:
The most common side effects of meloxicam include:
- Abdominal pain
- Constipation or heartburn
- A headache
- Itching or rash
If these effects are mild, they may disappear within a few days or weeks. If they are severe or do not go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
What other information do I need to know?
Do not let anyone else take your medicine. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important that you keep a list of all prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should keep this list with you every time you visit a doctor or when you are admitted to a hospital. There is also important information to take with you in emergencies.
Important information about all medications:
Never take more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that you or someone else may be taking the drug too much, go to your local emergency department immediately. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
This medicine is for you. Never give to other people even if their situation seems similar to yours.
Do not store expired or unwanted medications. Take them to your local pharmacy that will dispose of you.
If you have questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.