What is it?
Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) Used to relieve the signs and osteoarthritis symptoms in adults.
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How does it work?
Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory drug (NSAID) that exhibits anti-inflamatory , analgesic, and antipyritic activities. The mechanism of action like that of other NSAIDS may be related to prostaglandin synthetase inhibition.
Meloxicam comes in 7.5 mg tablets. The usual dosage is one 7.5 mg tab daily but can be increased to 15 mg if needed.
How should I take it?
It can be taken with or without food.
Meloxicam has not been studied in pregnant women. However, studies in animals have shown that meloxicam causes birth defects. Before taking this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.
Those who have had a prior allergic reaction to other NSAIDs should not take meloxicam.
Elevations in liver tests may occur.
Meloxicam like some other NSAIDS may diminish the antihypertensive effect of ACE inhibitors.
Meloxicam can increase the effect of anti-coagulants.
Meloxicam should not be taken with any other NSAIDs.
Possible side effects:
These side effects are not considered serious but are certainly annoying for those experiencing them. The most frequently reported side effects include upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, joint pain, stomach pain and nausea.
More serious side effects that you should report right away include blood in urine, black, tarry stools, dark yellow or brown urine, difficulty breathing, fast heartbeat, skin rash, hives, redness, blistering, peeling or itching, stomach tenderness, pain, bleeding, or cramps, unexplained weight gain or edema, and yellowing of eyes or skin.
Signs of a possible allergic reaction are rash, swelling and difficulty breathing. These symptoms should be reported immediately.
Precautions & Special Notes:
You will be required to have frequent blood work while on this medication. It is very important that you keep all lab and doctor’s appointments.
If you get black, tarry stools or vomit up what looks like coffee grounds, call your doctor at once. You may have a bleeding ulcer.
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