Meloxicam is known as a Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug used to treat pain, swelling, and stiffness of the joints caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in adults. Meloxicam is also used to treat juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in children who are at least Two years old. Let’s get to know it’s uses, side effects and precautions to take before using.

How does Meloxicam work?

Meloxicam blocks cyclooxygenase, which is an enzyme that produces prostaglandins – these are chemicals produced by the body during an inflammatory response, and they are responsible for causing pain.

Meloxicam Uses

Meloxicam is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions, and symptoms:

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Meloxicam is used to treat symptoms like joint stiffness, pain, and swelling associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.


Meloxicam is used to treat symptoms like joint stiffness, painful joints of the knee, hip, neck, lower back associated with Osteoarthritis.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Meloxicam is used to treat symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis such as spinal stiffness and pain.

Gouty arthritis

It is a type of arthritis characterized by severe pain, tenderness, and redness in the joints. In this condition, Meloxicam is used to treat symptoms like joint pain and tenderness.

Meloxicam also used in conditions like:

  • Sprains of muscles and joints
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Dysmenorrhea(painful periods or menstrual cramps)
  • Polymyositis (inflammation of muscles)
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Dental pain

Meloxicam Side effects

Stop using meloxicam tablet and call your doctor or pharmacist at once if you have:

  • If you notice any rashes on the skin, even if they are mild
  • Swelling or rapid weight gain
  • Shortness of breath
  • If notice any symptoms of internal bleeding like blood while chough or vomiting
  • Hypersensitivity to this drug, aspirin or other NSAIDs
  • Kidney problems – Painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, little or no urinating, feeling tired or short of breath
  • Liver problems – Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools and flu-like symptoms
  • Severe skin reaction – Skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling, fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes.
  • anemia symptoms like paleness of skin, light-headed feeling or a rapid drop in heart rate, and find trouble to concentrate.

Common meloxicam side effects are:

  • Nausea, vomiting, heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea, gas, upset stomach, constipation
  • Flu symptoms, cold symptoms

Meloxicam Dosage

It is advised to consult your physician for proper guidance on dosage details since it purely depends on various factors like current health condition, age etc.

Doctor’s advice for Meloxicam Tablet:

  • Meloxicam is a very safe and well-tolerated medicine for short-term use
  • Consuming high dose or taking long time Meloxicam can cause kidney problems and stomach bleeding
  • If you are suffering from kidney disease, inform your doctor first. Your dose may need to be adjusted
  • When you taking Meloxicam, Avoid excess intake of alcohol, together they can affect your liver
  • If you have taken overdoses of Meloxicam Immediately inform your doctor or contact a hospital emergency and you are feeling unwell

General warnings


Taking more than prescribed Meloxicam may cause harmful side effects. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you find any side effects.

Missing dosage

If you miss the dosage take as soon as possible, and if it is near to next dose, skip the missing dosage continue the regular dosage. Do not take extra doses.


Meloxicam is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved. Meloxicam is not known to cause any harm to the fetus, but should only be used after consultation with your doctor.


Meloxicam is safe to use during breastfeeding. Before using this medicine consult your doctor.

Precautions before using Meloxicam

Some medications are not suitable for people with certain ailments, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. It is important to let your doctor know about any health issues you are suffering before you start using Meloxicam. Below mentioned are few examples of such.

  • If you have stomach ulcer, or if you have an inflammatory bowel disorder such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • If suffering from asthma or any kind of allergic disorder
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you have high blood pressure
  • If suffering from any cardiac-related issues

Substitutes for Meloxicam Tablet

Few drugs that have similar composition as of Meloxicam tablet are like:

  • Mobic (Meloxicam)
  • Aleve (Naproxen)
  • Feldene (Piroxicam)

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