Generic Name: Meloxicam Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Know the basics

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.

OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by yourhealth care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.

Meloxicam may also be used to treat gout attacks.

How should I take meloxicam?

Take meloxicam by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Drink a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 millilitres) 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 meloxicam, 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 stomach upset occurs while taking meloxicam, take it with food, milk, or an antacid. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. The lowest effective dosage should always be used, and only for the prescribed length of time. Do not take more than 15 milligrams per day because higher doses increase the chance of stomach ulcers/bleeding.

It may take up to two weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug. Use meloxicam regularly to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day.

Tell your doctor if your condition worsens.

How do I store meloxicam?

Meloxicam is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store meloxicam in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of meloxicam that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush meloxicam down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using meloxicam?

Before taking meloxicam,

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to meloxicam, aspirin or other nsaids such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or any other medications.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention these medications: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), and quinapril (Accupril); cholestyramine (Questran); diuretics (‘water pills’); lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid, others); and methotrexate (Rheumatrex). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma, especially if you have frequent stuffed or runny nose or nasal polyps (swelling of the lining of the nose); swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs; or kidney or liver disease.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, especially if you are in the last few months of your pregnancy, you plan to become pregnant, or you are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking meloxicam, call your doctor.
  • If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking meloxicam.

Is it safe to take meloxicam during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using meloxicam during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking meloxicam. Meloxicam is pregnancy risk category  D according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Know the side effects

What are the side effects of meloxicam?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using meloxicam and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • Chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
  • Black, bloody, or tarry stools;
  • Coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • Swelling or rapid weight gain;
  • Urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • Nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • Skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness; or
  • Severe skin reaction — fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, gas;
  • Dizziness, nervousness, headache;
  • Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat; or
  • Mild skin rash.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with meloxicam?

Meloxicam may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Ask your doctor before using an antidepressant such as citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), or sertraline (Zoloft). Taking any of these medicines with an NSAID may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • Cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
  • Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid);
  • A diuretic (water pill) such as furosemide (Lasix);
  • Glyburide (diabeta, Micronase);
  • Methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
  • A blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
  • Sodium polystyrene sulfonate (Kayexalate, Kionex);
  • Steroids (prednisone and others);
  • An ACE inhibitor such as benazepril (Lotensin), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), and others; or
  • Aspirin or other nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as diclofenac (Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and others.

Does food or alcohol interact with meloxicam?

Meloxicam may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with meloxicam?

Meloxicam may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Anemia;
  • Asthma;
  • Bleeding problems;
  • Congestive heart failure;
  • Dehydration;
  • Edema (fluid retention or body swelling);
  • Heart attack, history of;
  • Heart or blood vessel disease;
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure);
  • Kidney disease;
  • Liver disease;
  • Stomach ulcers or bleeding, history of ;
  • Stroke, history of—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Aspirin-sensitive asthma;
  • Aspirin sensitivity, history of—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Heart surgery (e.g., coronary artery bypass graft [CABG])—Meloxicam should not be used for pain right before or after the surgery.

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using meloxicam.

What is the dose of meloxicam for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Osteoarthritis

  • Initial dose: 7.5 mg orally once daily.
  • Maintenance dose: 7.5 mg orally once daily.
  • Maximum dose: 15 mg orally daily.

Usual Adult Dose for Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Initial dose: 7.5 mg orally once daily.
  • Maintenance dose: 7.5 mg orally once daily.
  • Maximum dose: 15 mg orally daily.

What is the dose of meloxicam for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Greater than or equal to 2 years: 0.125 mg/kg orally once daily.
  • Maximum dose: 7.5 mg orally daily.

How is meloxicam available?

Meloxicam is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet, Oral: 7.5 mg, 15 mg.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of meloxicam, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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