Meloxicam Meloxicam (also known as Mobic) is used in the treatment of arthritis. It reduces pain,
swelling, and the stiffness that can occur in the joints. Meloxicam is known as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug - NSAID.
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|Meloxicam 15mg (generic Mobic)
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The following information is intended as a supplement, but not as a substitution for the expertise and judgment of
your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be assumed that taking this drug is safe,
appropriate, or effective for your particular condition. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
USES: Meloxicam is utilized in the treatment of arthritis. It reduces pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints. Meloxicam is known as a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (or NSAID).
If your goal is to treat chronic condition such as arthritis, ask your doctor about non-drug treatments and/or using other meds
to treat your pain. Look closely at the warning section below.
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of Meloxicam that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but
that may be prescribed by your physician. Use Meloxicam for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been
so prescribed by your doctor or other health care professional.
Meloxicam may also be used to treat gout.
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking Meloxicam and each time you get a refill. If you have
any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take Meloxicam 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. Avoid laying down for at least 15 minutes after taking Meloxicam.
If stomach becomes upset while taking Meloxicam, consume it with food, milk, or an antacid. The dosage is based on your medical condition
and response to treatment. The smallest 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 opportunitly for stomach ulcers and bleeding.
It may take up to 2 weeks before you get the full benefit of this medication. Utilize Meloxicam regularly to get the most benefit from it.
Remember to use it at the same time each day.
Inform your doctor immediately if your condition worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.
Stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Meloxicam because he or she has come to the conclusion that benefits to you outweigh the risks of
side effects. Many people using Meloxicam 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, sudden/unexplained weight gain, swelling of the hands/feet, change in the amount of urine, unexplained stiff neck, unusual tiredness.
Meloxicam 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.
This should not be considered a comprehensive list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Before you begin taking Meloxicam, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to aspirin or other NSAIDs
(ibuprofen or naproxen); or if you have any other allergies. Meloxicam may contain inactive ingredients, which can
result in allergic reactions or other problems. Speak with your pharmacist for more details.
Before using Meloxicam, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: asthma (including a history of worsening
breathing after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), liver disease, stomach/intestine/esophagus problems (such as bleeding, ulcers, recurring
heartburn), heart disease (such as history of heart attack), high blood pressure, stroke, blood disorders (such as anemia, bleeding/clotting
problems), growths in the nose (nasal polyps).
Issues with the kidneys can sometimes occur with the use of NSAID medications, including Meloxicam. Problems are more likely to occur if you are
dehydrated, have heart failure or kidney disease, are an older adult, or if you take certain medications (see also Drug Interactions section).
Drink plenty of fluids as directed by your doctor to prevent dehydration and tell your doctor right away if you have any unusual change in the
amount of urine.
Meloxicam may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform
such activities safely.
Meloxicam may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco, especially when combined with Meloxicam, may increase your
risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcohol and smoking. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Meloxicam may make your skin and eyes more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sun lamps. Use a sunscreen and wear
protective clothing when outdoors, particularly in the summer months.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Meloxicam, especially stomach bleeding and kidney problems.
Before using Meloxicam, women of childbearing age should talk with their doctor(s) about the benefits and risks (such as miscarriage).
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. During pregnancy, Meloxicam should be used only when clearly needed.
Meloxicam is not recommended for use during the first and last trimesters of pregnancy due to possible harm to the unborn baby and interference with normal labor/delivery.
It is not currently known if Meloxicam transfers into breast milk. However, similar drugs pass into breast milk and are unlikely to harm a nursing infant.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including Meloxicam, may rarely increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. The risk may be greater
if you have heart disease or increased risk for heart disease (for example, due to smoking, family history of heart disease, or conditions such
as high blood pressure or diabetes), or with longer use. Meloxicam should not be taken right before or after heart bypass surgery (CABG).
Also, Meloxicam may infrequently cause serious (but rarely fatal) bleeding within the stomach or intestines. This effect can occur without warning symptoms
at any time while taking this drug.
Stop taking Meloxicam and get medical help right away if you notice any of the following rare but serious side effects: bloody or black/tarry stools,
persistent stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating, weakness on
one side of the body, sudden vision changes, slurred speech.
INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER MEDICATIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document
does not contain all possible Meloxicam drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal
products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with Meloxicam include: aliskiren, ACE inhibitors, such as captopril, lisinopril, angiotensin II receptor blockers
(such as losartan, valsartan), cidofovir, methotrexate (high-dose treatment), lithium and pemetrexed.
Meloxicam may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with other drugs that also may cause bleeding. Examples include anti-platelet drugs such
as clopidogrel, "blood thinners" such as dabigatran/enoxaparin/warfarin, among others.
If you are using the liquid form of Meloxicam, inform your doctor if you are also ultilizing sodium polystyrene sulfonate.
Check all prescription and nonprescription medicine labels carefully since many medications contain pain relievers/fever reducers (aspirin, NSAIDs
such as celecoxib, ibuprofen, or ketorolac). These drugs are similar to Meloxicam and may increase your risk of side effects if taken together.
However, if your doctor has directed you to take low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day),
you should continue taking the aspirin unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room right away.
NOTES: Do not share Meloxicam with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as blood counts, kidney/liver function tests) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check
for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
Non-drug treatment for arthritis that is approved by your doctor (such as weight loss if needed, strengthening and conditioning exercises) may help improve your
flexibility, range of motion, and joint function. Consult your doctor for more information.
Laboratory or medical tests (such as blood pressure) may be performed periodically to keep track your progress or check for side effects.
Consult your doctor for more details.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume
your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.