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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Meloxicam belongs to the family of medications known as COX-2 inhibiting nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and painful osteoarthritis in adults. It helps with these conditions by relieving pain and reducing swelling and inflammation.

NSAIDs work by blocking a response to injury in the body that leads to inflammation and pain.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use this medication?

Rheumatoid arthritis: The usual starting dose of meloxicam to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis is 15 mg once daily. For some people who may respond well to the medication, their doctor can reduce the dose to 7.5 mg once daily, according to need.

Osteoarthritis: The recommended dose to relieve osteoarthritis pain is 7.5 mg once daily. The doctor may increase this to 15 mg taken once daily if necessary.

For both conditions, the maximum dose of meloxicam is 15 mg taken once daily.

This medication may be taken with or without food.

The use of this medication should be limited to the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time needed.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

7.5 mg
Each yellow, circular, flat tablet marked with "7.5" over "M" on the scored side and the "P" logo on the other contains 7.5 mg of meloxicam. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, sodium citrate, and starch.

15 mg
Each yellow, circular, flat tablet marked with "15" over "M" on the scored side and the "P" logo on the other contains 15 mg of meloxicam. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, sodium citrate, and starch.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to meloxicam or any ingredients of the medication
  • are about to have or have recently had coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
  • are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • are less than 18 years of age
  • have active or recent stomach or intestinal ulcers or bleeding
  • have bleeding of the brain or other bleeding disorders
  • have experienced asthma, hives, nasal polyps, or allergic reactions after taking ASA or other NSAIDs
  • have higher than normal levels of potassium in the blood
  • have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
  • have severely reduced kidney function or worsening kidney function
  • have severely reduced liver function or active liver disease
  • have severe uncontrolled heart failure



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