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Meloxicam is used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and muscular pain

How it works

Meloxicam blocks the release of certain chemical messengers that are responsible for inflammation, pain, and fever.

Common side effects

Abdominal pain, Anemia, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Indigestion, Skin rash, Itching, Lightheadedness, Headache, Limb swelling, Nausea, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Consult your doctor before taking meloxicam if you have recently undergone surgery or have problems with kidney, liver or heart; suffer from high blood pressure, various inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders, bronchial asthma or systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • Consult your doctor before taking meloxicam if you are elderly or a woman using intrauterine contraceptive device for contraception.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this drug as it may cause blurred vision, dizziness or tiredness.
  • Consult your doctor before taking meloxicam if you are taking medicines for treatment of elevated blood pressure, for thinning of blood, depression and infections or taking steroids or other pain killers.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is meloxicam a steroid, NSAID, opiate, muscle relaxer, or a pain-reliever?
Meloxicam is not a steroid, opiate, or a muscle relaxing agent. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug and pain killer used to relieve pain and inflammation

Q. Is meloxicam safe?
Yes. Meloxicam is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor

Q. Is meloxicam addictive?
No. Meloxicam is not addictive

Q. Can I take meloxicam for backache, toothache, menstrual cramps, gout, tendonitis, migraine, sciatica or sore throat?
Meloxicam is indicated for the treatment of backache, tendonitis, sciatica, menstrual cramps toothache and gout. It is not indicated for the treatment of sore throat

Q. Can I take meloxicam with Xanax, Vicodin, Percocet, Aleve, Advil, Flexeril, Norco, tramadol or aspirin?
Meloxicam should not be taken with aspirin as it may cause gastrointestinal bleeding. It may be taken with Xanax, Vicodin, Percocet, Aleve, Advil, Flexeril, Norco, or tramadol if prescribed by your doctor

Q. Does meloxicam cause weight-gain, drowsiness, tiredness, thinning of blood, or headaches?
Meloxicam may cause headaches, drowsiness, and weight gain and can prevent formation of clot in blood. It is not expected to cause tiredness. If you notice any such symptoms, please consult your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 03 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)