Meloxicam review

Meloxicam belongs to a class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is prescribed for the treatment of pain and inflammation, and is administered to patients suffering from arthritis, dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps) and fever.

Meloxicam is effective in relieving the symptoms of osteoarthritis, such as pain, tenderness, stiffness and swelling, with lesser incidence of stomach upset. It can also reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and even juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which affects children from the ages of 2 years and older. In some cases, Meloxicam is also used to treat ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that mainly affects the spinal column.

Meloxicam works by halting the production of enzymes which secrete prostaglandins, natural chemicals in the body which cause inflammation, the primary origin of pain, swelling, stiffness and fever.

Patients should inform their doctor if they are allergic to Meloxicam or other types of NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen. They should also give their doctor a list of all the other over-the-counter or prescription medications they are taking, including vitamin, mineral or herbal supplements to rule out any drugs which may have an adverse effect when taken with Meloxicam. For instance, taking Meloxicam with anticoagulant medications like warfarin can increase the chances of bleeding.

Patients who have asthma, chronic colds or swelling of the nose lining (nasal polyps), edema (swelling of the hands and feet), kidney and liver disease, should let their doctor know of their condition so as to facilitate a dosage adjustment of Meloxicam.

Meloxicam and excessive alcohol intake can increase a patient's chances of acquiring stomach ulcers. Pregnant women should avoid taking this medication to avoid any developmental disorders in the unborn child, such as ductus arteriosus, a condition characterized by the closure the main blood vessels of the heart and lungs. There is yet no evidence showing whether Meloxicam can pass into breast milk, however, nursing mothers should inform their doctor before taking this medication.

Long-term use of NSAIDs like Meloxicam can increase a patient's risk for heart attack and stroke. Patients should inform their doctor if they smoke, or if they have a personal or family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes before taking Meloxicam. Patients who are scheduled to undergo a heart bypass procedure should avoid taking this medication immediately before or after the surgery.

Taking Meloxicam can cause some side effects, like headaches, ulcers, coughing, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, intestinal bleeding, diarrhea, flatulence, constipation, and dark stools which signal bleeding from the intestines.

When a patient starts experiencing serious symptoms like fever; rashes; facial swelling and difficulty swallowing; hives or blisters; pale skin; palpitations; fatigue; hoarseness of voice; back pain or pain in the upper right part of the abdomen, and painful, cloudy or bloody urination, they should cease taking Meloxicam and call their doctor immediately.

Meloxicam is available under the brand name Mobic, a product distributed by Boehringer-Ingelheim. It comes in round yellow tablets of 7.5 mg, and yellow oblong tablets of 15 mg. Meloxicam is also sold in liquid oral suspension.

Meloxicam is usually taken with a full glass of water or milk. Dosage of this medication will depend on the medical requirements of the patient, and it will take around two weeks before the full effects of the drug takes place, hence patients are advised to take Meloxicam on a regular basis to be able to get its maximum benefits.

Meloxicam has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of meloxicam

• Molecular formula of meloxicam is C14H13N3O4S2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 9-[hydroxy-[(5-methyl-1,3-thiazol-2-yl)amino]methylidene]-8-methyl-7,7-dioxo-7$l ^{6}-thia-8-azabicyclo[4.4.0]deca-1,3,5-trien-10-one
• Molecular weight is 351.403 g/mol
Meloxicam available : 7.5mg tablets, 15mg tablets

Brand name(s): Mobic

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