PATIENT MEDICATION

Meloxicam

 

Description

Meloxicam (also called Mobic®) is used to treat joint pain. This medicine is one of a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Meloxicam is available as a 7.5 mg or 15 mg tablet that is taken by mouth.

How to take meloxicam

  • Meloxicam is usually taken one time a day.
  • Take with a full glass of water.
  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Taking more than you are told may raise your chance of very bad side effects.
  • Do not take this drug for longer than you were told by your doctor.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Missed doses:
    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Possible side effects

Most common:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Flu-like symptoms

If you have any of these side effects, tell the doctor right away:         

  • Allergic reaction with the following symptoms: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
  • Chest pain, trouble breathing, coughing up blood
  • Severe stomach pain, vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds, bloody or black, tarry stools
  • Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, severe stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
  • Feeling numb or weak on one side of your body, sudden or severe headache, problems with vision, speech, or walking
  • Rapid weight gain, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate, painful urination
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising

These are the most common side effects, but there may be others. Please report all side effects to the doctor or nurse. In case of a severe side effect or reaction, call the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist at 901-595-3300. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll-free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), and press 0 once the call is connected.

Special instructions

  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Gastrointestinal ulcers or bleeding
    • Heart attack or stroke
  • Do not use aspirin or any other NSAID medicine unless your doctor says it is OK.
  • Some medicines can affect how meloxicam works. Tell your doctor if you are also taking any of the following:
    • Cholestyramine, cyclosporine, digoxin, lithium, methotrexate, pemetrexed
    • Blood pressure medicine
    • Blood thinner (including warfarin)
    • Diuretic (water pill)
    • Medicine to treat depression
    • Steroid medicine (including hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, prednisone)

 

This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

St. Jude complies with health care-related federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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