Meloxicam Drug Information
Available only by prescription, meloxicam (Mobic®) is a medicine used to reduce stiffness, inflammation, and pain associated with certain types of arthritis. Specifically, it is approved for treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Meloxicam works by inhibiting the action of prostaglandins, which are hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Although the drug is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before taking meloxicam, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes.
Possible side effects of meloxicam include diarrhea, headaches, and nausea. This medication can also increase your risk of dangerous bleeding, so make sure to contact your healthcare provider right away if you have blood in your urine or stools, are vomiting blood, or if you develop red or purple spots on the skin.
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