Meloxicam (By mouth)
Uses of This Medicine
Meloxicam is an nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis), such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. However, this medicine does not cure arthritis and will only help you as long as you continue to take it.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Capsule, Liquid, Tablet
Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
You may take this medicine with or without food. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk.
Capsule or tablet: Swallow the capsule or tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
Oral liquid: Shake the bottle gently before use.Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Do not use aspirin or any other NSAID medicine unless your doctor says it is okay.
Some medicines can affect how meloxicam works. Tell your doctor if you are also using any of the following:Cholestyramine, cyclosporine, digoxin, lithium, methotrexate, pemetrexed Blood pressure medicine Blood thinner (including warfarin) Diuretic (water pill) Medicine to treat depression Steroid medicine (including hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, prednisone)
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to meloxicam or another NSAID drug, including aspirin.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of ulcers or other stomach problems, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, blood circulation problems, or asthma. Tell your doctor if you smoke or drink alcohol regularly
This medicine may cause the following problems:Increased risk of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke Increased risk of stomach or bowel bleeding High blood pressure Liver or kidney problems Anemia
Tell your doctor if you are trying to get pregnant. Some women who take this medicine have trouble getting pregnant.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Change in how much or how often you urinate, painful urination
Chest pain, trouble breathing, coughing up blood
Severe stomach pain, vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds, bloody or black, tarry stools
Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Mild nausea, diarrhea, heartburn
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Comfort Pac with Meloxicam, Mobic, Trepoxicam-7.5, Vivlodex
There may be other brand names for this medicine.