What is Meloxicam?
Meloxicam is a medication used to reduce inflammation. It is in a family of medications known as NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It works by inhibiting the cyclooxygenase enzymes (COX-1 and 2). Meloxicam is more selective to COX-2 and it may have fewer kidney related problems compared to other NSAIDs. It is sold under the brand name Mobic®.
Meloxicam Dosage and Uses
It is available in 7.5 mg and 15 mg tablets. The medication is indicated for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Starting dose is usually 7.5 mg once per day. It may be increase to 7.5 mg two times per day or 15 mg once a day. 15 mg per day is the maximum dosage.
Meloxicam Side Effects
Common side effects may include: fluid retention and swelling, itching, rash, stomach upset, dizziness, ringing in the ears and sensitivity to sun light. Serious adverse reactions could include: Serious rash, intestinal/stomach bleeding, liver function problems, kidney failure, heart failure, increased potassium and low blood cell counts. Other side effects can occur. Please contact a healthcare providers if you feel you are have problems with this or any medication.
Meloxicam Vs. Ibuprofen – they are both NSAIDs and could be used interchangeably. They should not be used together at the same time, that would increase the risk of side effects and adverse reactions. Meloxicam may be easier on the kidneys and have a slightly lower risk of heart problems. Watch this video to see more.
Alcohol – Avoid, it is recommended to not drink alcohol while using meloxicam as it can increase the chances of stomach irritation and stomach bleeding.
Aleve – Meloxicam should not be used with Aleve® (naproxen). Naproxen is also an NSAID and using both increases the risk of adverse reactions.
Tramadol – There is no major interaction that has been identified between the two medications. They, in fact, may be used together to treat pain, as they working in different ways in the body. Be sure to ask you doctor before using them together.
Tylenol® – There is not major interaction identified between Tylenol® (acetaminophen) and meloxicam. With your healthcare provider’s approval you could take both medications together.
Advil – Advil® (ibuprofen) is also an NSAID. They should not be used together. Talk with your Doctor if one is not providing relief from your symptoms.
Aspirin – Taking aspirin and meloxicam together can increase the risks of stomach/intestinal bleeding. However, your doctor may determine it is best for you to take a low-dose aspirin daily. Talk to your Doctor before using both medications, be sure to discuss the risks and benefits of both medications.
Weight gain – If you notice weight gain while taking meloxicam, it could be a symptom of a potentially serious side effect. NSAIDs like meloxicam can affect kidney function. That can cause the body to retain fluid. Please contact your healthcare provider if you’ve gained weight while taking meloxicam.
Blood Pressure – An increase in blood pressure is a potentially serious side effect. It could put you at higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Please contact a healthcare provider if your blood pressure has increased while taking meloxicam.
Wine – It is recommended people taking meloxicam avoid alcohol. Your Doctor may allow one glass of wine per day, just understand it may increase the risk of stomach irritation and other stomach side effects. Please ask your Doctor first.
Pregnancy – It is recommended NSAIDs like meloxicam be avoided during pregnancy, it may increase the risk of certain birth defects.
Xanax – No significant interactions have been noted between Xanax® (alprazolam) and meloxicam.