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Medication prescribed:Meloxicam is used to relieve the pain, tenderness, inflammation (swelling), and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. Meloxicam is in a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.
How should this medicine be used:Meloxicam comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. To help you remember to take meloxicam, take it around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take meloxicam exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Other uses for this medicine:Meloxicam is also used sometimes to treat ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition. This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Special precautions:Before taking meloxicam, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to meloxicam, aspirin or other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or any other medications. tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), and quinapril (Accupril); anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); aspirin; cholestyramine (Questran); diuretics ('water pills'); lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid, others); and oral steroids such as dexamethasone (Decadron, Dexone), methylprednisolone (Medrol), and prednisone (Deltasone). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects. tell your doctor if you smoke or drink large amounts of alcohol and if you have or have ever had asthma; stomach problems such as ulcers; high blood pressure; heart failure; swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs (fluid retention); blood clotting (coagulation) problems; or kidney or liver disease. tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking meloxicam, call your doctor. if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking meloxicam.
If I forget a dose:Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects:Meloxicam may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: heartburn diarrhea sore throat cough runny nose Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately: black and tarry stools red blood in stools bloody vomit vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds skin rash unexplained weight gain swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs upset stomach excessive tiredness lack of energy itching yellowing of the skin or eyes pain in the right upper part of the stomach flu-like symptoms hives difficulty breathing or swallowing Meloxicam may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
What storage conditions:Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of overdose:In case of overdose, call your local poison control center. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911. Symptoms of overdose may include: lack of energy drowsiness upset stomach vomiting stomach pain difficulty breathing seizures coma
Other information:Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body's response to meloxicam. Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
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