Meloxicam 15mg Tablets – Generic Mobic
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Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
It may cause an increased risk of serious and sometimes fatal heart and blood
vessel problems (eg, heart attack, stroke). The risk may be greater if you
already have heart problems or if you take Meloxicam for a long time. Do not
use Meloxicam right before or after bypass heart surgery.
Meloxicam may cause an increased risk of serious and
sometimes fatal stomach
ulcers and bleeding. Elderly patients may be at greater risk. This may occur
without warning signs.
Meloxicam is used for:
arthritis, osteoarthritis, and juvenile arthritis. It may also be
used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Meloxicam is an NSAID. Exactly how it works is not known. It
may block certain substances in the body
that are linked to inflammation. NSAIDs treat the symptoms of pain and
inflammation. They do not treat the disease that causes those symptoms.
Do NOT use Meloxicam if:
- you are allergic
to any ingredient in Meloxicam
- you have had a severe allergic
reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, trouble breathing, growths in the nose,
dizziness) to aspirin or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) (eg,
- you have recently had or will be
having bypass heart surgery
- you have a peptic ulcer
- you are in the last 3 months of
Before using Meloxicam :
Some medical conditions may interact with Meloxicam . Tell
your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any
of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to
become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any
prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary
- if you have
allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of kidney
or liver disease, diabetes, stomach or bowel problems (eg, bleeding,
perforation, ulcers), or H. pylori infection
- if you have a history of swelling
or fluid buildup, asthma, growths in the nose (nasal polyps), or mouth
- if you have high blood pressure,
blood disorders, bleeding or clotting problems, heart problems (eg, heart
failure), or blood vessel disease, or if you are at risk for any of these
- if you have poor health,
dehydration or low fluid volume, or low blood sodium levels, you drink
alcohol, or you have a history of alcohol abuse
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Meloxicam . Tell your health
care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin),
aspirin, corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), heparin, or selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine) because the risk of stomach
bleeding may be increased
- Probenecid because it may
increase the risk of Meloxicam ‘s side effects
- Cholestyramine because it may
decrease Meloxicam ‘s effectiveness
- Cyclosporine, lithium,
methotrexate, quinolones (eg, ciprofloxacin), or sulfonylureas (eg,
glipizide) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme
(ACE) inhibitors (eg, enalapril), angiotensin receptor blockers (eg,
losartan), or diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because their
effectiveness may be decreased by Meloxicam and the risk of kidney problems
may be increased
How to use Meloxicam :
Use Meloxicam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on
the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Meloxicam comes with an extra
patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read
it again each time you get Meloxicam refilled.
- Take Meloxicam by mouth. It may
be taken with food
if it upsets your stomach. Taking it with food may not lower the risk of
stomach or bowel problems (eg, bleeding, ulcers). Talk with your doctor or
pharmacist if you have persistent stomach upset.
- Take Meloxicam with a full glass
of water (8 oz/240 mL) as directed by your doctor.
- If you take cholestyramine, ask
your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with Meloxicam .
- If you miss a dose of Meloxicam ,
take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip
the missed dose. Go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2
doses at once.
Important safety information:
- Meloxicam may cause dizziness.
This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines.
Use Meloxicam with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe
tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Serious stomach ulcers or
bleeding can occur with the use of Meloxicam . Taking it in high doses or
for a long time, smoking, or drinking alcohol increases the risk of these
side effects. Taking Meloxicam with food will NOT reduce the risk of these
effects. Contact your doctor or emergency room at once if you develop severe
stomach or back pain; black, tarry stools; vomit that looks like blood or
coffee grounds; or unusual weight gain or swelling.
- Do NOT take more than the
recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with
- Meloxicam is an NSAID. Before you
start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has an NSAID (eg,
ibuprofen) in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your
doctor or pharmacist.
- Do not take aspirin while you are
using Meloxicam unless your doctor tells you to.
- Lab tests, including kidney
function, complete blood cell counts, and blood pressure, may be performed
while you use Meloxicam . These tests may be used to monitor your condition
or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Meloxicam with caution in the
ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially stomach
bleeding and kidney problems.
- Caution is advised when using
Meloxicam in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially
diarrhea, fever, headache, stomach
pain, and vomiting.
- Meloxicam should be used with
extreme caution in CHILDREN
younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have
not been determined.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING:
Meloxicam may cause harm to the fetus. Do not use it during the last 3
months of pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor.
You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Meloxicam while you
are pregnant. It is not known if Meloxicam is found in breast milk.
Do not breast-feed while taking Meloxicam .
Possible side effects of Meloxicam :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have
no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any
of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; gas; headache;
heartburn; nausea; stomach upset; trouble sleeping.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE
side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; trouble
breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or
tongue); bloody or black, tarry stools; change in the amount of urine
produced; chest pain; confusion; dark urine; depression; fainting; fast or
irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood
changes; numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; red, swollen,
blistered, or peeling skin;
ringing in the ears; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; severe or
persistent stomach pain or nausea; severe vomiting; shortness of breath;
sudden or unexplained weight gain; swelling of hands, legs, or feet; unusual
bruising or bleeding; unusual joint or muscle pain; unusual tiredness or
weakness; vision or speech changes; vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
yellowing of the skin or eyes.