Meloxicam

Description

Meloxicam is used to relieve pain and swelling in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of cardiovascular diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Meloxicam

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blistering and peeling of skin
  • Tightness of chest

Uses of Meloxicam

What is it prescribed for?

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 1 hour of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 24 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to an increase in the risk of serious adverse effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, dizziness, weakness, etc.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to meloxicam, other NSAIDs, or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.
General warnings

Gastrointestinal Bleeding

This medicine may cause severe gastrointestinal bleeding and perforation after prolonged usage. These adverse events may occur with or without warning symptoms. This risk is especially higher in the elderly population and in patients with a history of gastrointestinal diseases. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Kidney diseases

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a known history of kidney diseases due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Impaired liver function

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Skin Allergies

This medicine may cause serious and fatal skin allergies without any warnings. Signs and symptoms such as rashes, hives, fever, or other allergic symptoms should be reported to the doctor without any delay. The treatment should be discontinued if these symptoms appear.

Cardiovascular diseases

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of cardiovascular diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of heart function and vital signs, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Use in Pediatrics

This medicine is not recommended for use in children weighing less than 60 kg.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to an increase in the risk of serious adverse effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, dizziness, weakness, etc.
Interaction with Medicine

Methotrexate

Ketorolac

Warfarin

Fondaparinux

Disease interactions

Gastrointestinal Disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of gastrointestinal diseases due to the increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. This risk is especially higher when the medicine is used for a prolonged period of time. Report any unusual symptoms such as blood in the stool, unusual bleeding or bruising, etc. to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Renal Dysfunction

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Asthma

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of NSAID-sensitive asthma. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be done under your doctor's supervision.

Cardiovascular disease

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of cardiovascular diseases due to the increased risk of cardiovascular thrombotic events including a heart attack and stroke. Report any unusual symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, slurring of speech, etc. to the doctor immediately. Close monitoring of heart function and vital signs, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Hypertension

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of hypertension (high blood pressure) due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of blood pressure levels and heart function is recommended during treatment with this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Fluid retention

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with preexisting fluid retention due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of blood pressure levels, electrolytes levels, and vital signs may be required during treatment with this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine can be taken with or without food; however, you are advised to take it with food to minimize gastrointestinal side effects. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesired side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine blocks the action of certain natural substances that are responsible for causing pain and swelling in the body.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents

Schedule

Schedule H

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http://www.tevauk.com/mediafile/id/43661.pdf

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 28 March 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.8574.pdf

Meloxicam - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 28 March 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00814

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Information on this page was last updated on 8 Jun 2018

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