Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that reduces the activity of hormones responsible for causing inflammation and pain. It’s usually recommended for the treatment of pain and inflammation resulting from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It’s most often prescribed for adults, but may also be used in children older than 2. Such use of Meloxicam should always be discussed with your doctor to make sure the benefits of the treatment outweigh potential risks.
Dosage and administration
There are dosages of 7.5 mg and 15 mg, as well as the liquid form at 7.5 mg/5 ml. The usual dose of this drug for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is 7.5 mg orally once a day. Pediatric dose for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is 0.125 mg per kg of body weight, but no more than 7.5 mg a day. Meloxicam is usually taken once a day. You should, always follow your doctor’s dosage recommendations and never exceed the amount prescribed.
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You can take your regular dose with some food or without. The dosage you need to be taking depends on your test results and your individual needs. However, it’s recommended not to exceed the maximum dosage of 15 mg per day. Drinking alcohol while taking Meloxicam 15mg can increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
You should stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor if you have any serious side effects of Meloxicam like shortness of breath, coughing up blood, slurred speech, urinating less than usual, rapid weight gain, vision or balance, problems, skin rash, chest pain or severe skin reaction.
Mild side effects can include runny or stuffy nose, mild skin rash, diarrhea, bloating, headache, nervousness, dizziness, gas, sore throat and an upset stomach.