Meloxicam is commonly used for reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with various forms of arthritis and other painful conditions. The medication works by inhibiting hormones associated with pain and inflammation. It is available in either tablet or liquid form and comes in several strengths. Potential side effects of meloxicam include headache, indigestion, or upper respiratory infections, among other things.
What Is Meloxicam?
Meloxicam (Mobic®) is a prescription medicine used to treat pain, inflammation, swelling, and/or stiffness. It is part of a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs for short.
Who Makes It?
Meloxicam is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.
Meloxicam has been licensed for the relief of signs and symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. However, the medication is not a cure for these types of arthritis, nor does it slow down the progression of the disease.
(Click What Is Meloxicam Used For? for more information on these uses, as well as possible off-label uses.)
How Does the Medication Work?
Meloxicam and other NSAIDs work by inhibiting the action of certain hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. These hormones are called prostaglandins.
Effects of Meloxicam
By blocking the effects of prostaglandins, meloxicam is useful at reducing pain, inflammation, and joint swelling associated with different forms of arthritis and other painful conditions.