In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02248974 ||APO-MELOXICAM 15MG TABLET|
|02248973 ||APO-MELOXICAM 7.5MG TABLET|
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.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. 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 recommended dose 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 usual recommended dose is 7.5 mg once daily. Some people may benefit from receiving up to 15 mg once daily, and the dose can be increased by their doctor according to need.
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 of this medication, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is the following day before you remember it, do not take the missed dose but go back to 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?
Each pastel yellow, round, biconvex tablet. Engraved "APO" on one side and "7.5" on the other, contains meloxicam 7.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium bicarbonate, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, and colloidal silicon dioxide.
Each pastel yellow, round, flat-faced, bevelled-edge tablet, scored and engraved "MEL" over "15" on one side and engraved "APO" on the other, contains meloxicam 15 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium bicarbonate, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, and colloidal silicon dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Meloxicam should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to meloxicam or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is about to have or has recently had coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
- is pregnant or breast-feeding
- is under 18 years of age
- has active or recent stomach or intestine ulcers or bleeding
- has bleeding of the brain or other bleeding disorders
- has experienced asthma, hives, nasal polyps, or allergic reactions after taking ASA or other NSAIDs
- has higher than normal levels of potassium in the blood
- has inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
- has severe kidney impairment or worsening kidney function
- has severe liver impairment or active liver disease
- has severe uncontrolled heart failure