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When and How Do I Take It?

Some general considerations for when and how to take meloxicam include the following:
  • The medication comes in a tablet or liquid form that is taken by mouth.
  • Your meloxicam dosage should be taken with a glass of water. Taking it with milk or food may prevent an upset stomach.
  • For osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, it may take several weeks for meloxicam to begin working to its full potential.
  • It is important to take the lowest effective dose for the least amount of time in order to treat your condition. This will decrease the chances of serious side effects occurring.
  • Meloxicam should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Meloxicam will not work if you take it in a way other than how your healthcare provider prescribes.

Dosing Information

The dose of meloxicam your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age and weight
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Dosing With Meloxicam for more information.)
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