Meloxicam

 
What is Meloxicam and why is it prescribed?
Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in prescription form. It is used to relieve the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. You should have frequent checkups with your doctor if you take Meloxicam regularly. Like other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Meloxicam can cause ulcers or internal bleeding that occurs without warning.

How should you take Meloxicam?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Meloxicam. Meloxicam may be taken with or without food. If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take two doses at once. Store Meloxicam at room temperature in a tightly closed container. Keep away from moisture.

Are there any Meloxicam side effects?
Meloxicam side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. More common Meloxicam side effects may include diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, indigestion, and nausea. Less common or rare Meloxicam side effects may include abdominal bleeding and pain, allergic reaction, anemia, angina, anxiety, asthma, back pain, belching, black stools, blood in urine, breathing difficulty, colitis, confusion, constipation, convulsions, coughing, depression, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, dream abnormalities, dry mouth, facial swelling, fainting, fatigue, fever, frequent urination, gas, hair loss, headache, heart attack, heart failure, heartbeat irregularities, high or low blood pressure, hives, hot flushes, increased appetite, inflammation of the throat, itching, joint pain, kidney disorders, liver disorders, nervousness, pain, peeling skin, pinkeye, rash, red or purple spots on skin, regurgitation, respiratory infection, ringing in ears, skin eruptions, sleepiness, stomach or intestinal inflammation, sun sensitivity, sweating, swelling due to fluid retention, taste disturbance, tingling or pins and needles, thirst, tremor, ulcer, unwell feeling, urinary infection, vertigo, vision disturbances, vomiting, weight increase or decrease, and yellow skin and eyes.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Meloxicam?
If Meloxicam is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Meloxicam with Aspirin, Blood pressure and heart medications called ACE inhibitors (including Accupril, Aceon, Altace, Prinivil, Univasc, and Zestril), Blood-thinning drugs (such as Coumadin), Furosemide (Lasix), or Lithium (Lithonate).

Are there any special warnings about Meloxicam?
Serious, potentially fatal allergic reactions are possible if you are sensitive to aspirin or other NSAIDs, especially if you have asthma. Seek medical help immediately if you experience difficulty breathing or develop hives while taking Meloxicam. NSAIDs may trigger ulcers, inflammation, bleeding, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, especially if you're an older adult or you've had such problems in the past. The risk increases if you're also taking steroid medications or a blood-thinning drug, or smoke tobacco or drink alcohol. The chances of a problem also increase the longer you take the drug. Check with your doctor immediately if you develop any stomach or intestinal problems. Because Meloxicam can cause liver or kidney problems in some people, it should be used with great caution if you already have severe liver or kidney disease, or are suffering from dehydration. Stop taking the drug and call your doctor immediately if you notice these warning signs of liver trouble: nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, itching, yellowish skin, flu-like symptoms, and pain in the upper right abdomen. Meloxicam may cause anemia. It can also cause water retention, so you should use it with caution if you have high blood pressure or heart disease. Alert your doctor if you develop swelling or weight gain. Meloxicam also tends to slow the clotting process. If you have a clotting disorder or are taking blood thinners, your doctor should monitor you carefully. Meloxicam's safety in children under 18 has not been verified.
 

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