meloxicam (generic name)

It is used to reduce swelling and to treat pain
(mel OX i cam)
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What is this medicine?

MELOXICAM (mel OX i cam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to reduce swelling and to treat pain. It may be used for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma
  • cigarette smoker
  • coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery within the past 2 weeks
  • drink more than 3 alcohol-containing drinks a day
  • heart disease or circulation problems such as heart failure or leg edema (fluid retention)
  • hemophilia or bleeding problems
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to meloxicam, aspirin, other NSAIDs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine in an upright or sitting position. If possible take bedtime doses at least 10 minutes before lying down. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Elderly patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and need smaller doses.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol
  • aspirin
  • cidofovir
  • diuretics
  • lithium
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • methotrexate
  • other drugs for inflammation like ketorolac, ibuprofen, and prednisone
  • pemetrexed
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your pain does not get better. Talk to your doctor before taking another medicine for pain. Do not treat yourself.

This medicine does not prevent heart attack or stroke. If you take aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, talk with your doctor or health care professional.

Do not take medicines such as ibuprofen and naproxen with this medicine. Side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, or ulcers may be more likely to occur. Many medicines available without a prescription should not be taken with this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • black or bloody stools, blood in the urine or vomit
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing or wheezing
  • nausea or vomiting
  • skin rash, skin redness, blistering or peeling skin, hives, or itching
  • slurred speech or weakness on one side of the body
  • swelling of eyelids, throat, lips
  • unexplained weight gain or swelling
  • unusually weak or tired
  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation or diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • gas or heartburn
  • stomach pain

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