What is Meloxicam?

Meloxicam, also known as Mobic, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication used to treat pain and inflammation in rheumatic diseases and osteoarthritis. It is administered orally or through injection into the vein.

Meloxicam Uses

Meloxicam is a medication used to treat arthritis. It alleviates joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID). Ask your doctor about using other medications and non-drug treatments to treat your pain if you have a chronic condition such as arthritis.

Meloxicam Uses:

  • Before you start taking this, and each time you get a refill, properly read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist.
  • You have to drink a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) with it. After taking this medication, don’t lie down for at least 10 minutes.
  • If you take this medication in liquid form, shake the bottle well before each dose. Use a special measuring small container to carefully measure the dosage.
  • If you're using a disintegrating tablet. Remove the foil with dry hands to carefully remove the tablet. Do not break the tablet through the foil. Place the tablet on your tongue as soon as possible and allow it to dissolve. The tablet can be swallowed with or without water after it gets melted.
  • If you experience stomach upset while you take this medication, take it with food, milk, or an antacid. The dosage is determined by your medical health condition as well as your response to treatment. The lowest dosage should be used, and only for the time period prescribed. Do not take more than what is recommended because higher doses increase the risk of stomach ulcers/bleeding.
  • It can be found in a variety of forms (such as a tablet, capsule, liquid, disintegrating tablet). Do not change the medication forms without first consulting your doctor.
  • It may take up to two weeks before you see the positive effects of this medication. To get the benefits from this medication, take it on a regular basis.

Meloxicam Side Effects

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bloating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blurred vision
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • Canker sores
  • Chest tightness or heaviness
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Cloudy urine
  • Cough
  • Cramping
  • Dark urine
  • Difficult breathing
  • Dilated neck veins
  • Dizziness


  • Inform your doctor about your medical history and health condition, especially if you have: asthma, liver disease, stomach problems (such as bleeding, ulcers, or recurring heartburn), heart disease, blood pressure, stroke.
  • NSAID medications can occasionally cause kidney problems. Drink plenty of water as directed by your doctor and stay hydrated and notify your doctor if the amount of urine changes.
  • This medication can cause stomach bleeding. The intake of alcohol and tobacco on a regular basis may increase your risk of stomach bleeding. Limit your consumption of alcohol.
  • Disintegrating tablets may contain aspartame. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or another condition that requires you to limit or avoid aspartame (or phenylalanine) in your diet, consult with your doctor or pharmacist about how to use this medication safely.
  • Older adults may be sensitive to side effects of this drug and more likely to experience stomach or intestinal bleeding, kidney problems, a heart attack, or a stroke.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant before taking this medication. This medication can harm an unborn baby and cause complications during normal labor and delivery. It is not advised to be used during pregnancy from 20 weeks until delivery. If your doctor has instructed that you have to take this medication between 20 and 30 weeks of pregnancy, you should take the lowest dose for the shortest duration of time. Don’t use this medication after 30 weeks of pregnancy.
  • It is unknown whether this medication is excreted in breast milk or not. Before breastfeeding, talk to your doctor.


  • Aliskiren, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, cidofovir, lithium, methotrexate, and water pills are some products that may interact with this medication.
  • When combined with other drugs which might cause bleeding, this medication may increase the risk of bleeding. Antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel and blood thinners such as dabigatran/enoxaparin/warfarin are examples.
  • If you are taking it in liquid form, tell your doctor if you are also taking sodium polystyrene sulfonate.

Missed Dose

If you forget to take any dosage or by mistake miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is already the time for the next dose, skip the forgotten dose. Take your next medicine at the regular time schedule. Do not double the dose.


If you have taken an overdose of this medicine and have serious symptoms such as trouble breathing, seek medical advice. Never take more than what is prescribed to you by your doctor.


The medicine should not come in direct contact with heat, air, light and may damage it. Exposure to medicine might cause some harmful effects or serious side effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.

Meloxicam vs Toradol



Meloxicam, also known as Mobic, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication used to treat pain and inflammation in rheumatic diseases and osteoarthritis. Toradol is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is used for treating pain. The recommended treatment period is less than six days.
It is a medication used to treat arthritis. It alleviates swelling, joint pain, and stiffness. It is used to treat moderately severe pain and inflammation following surgery.
Works by inhibiting the action of natural chemicals known as cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzymes. These enzymes aid in the production of other chemicals in the body known as prostaglandins. Toradol works by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, which are responsible for pain, fever, and inflammation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is meloxicam a strong painkiller?

Yes, meloxicam is a powerful pain reliever that can only be obtained legally with a prescription. Although NSAIDs are available without a prescription or over-the-counter, meloxicam is more potent than other over-the-counter NSAIDs used to treat pain.

What is Meloxicam used for?

Meloxicam is a medication used to treat arthritis. It helps in joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Is meloxicam a strong anti-inflammatory?

Meloxicam is an effective arthritis pain reliever. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis pain and inflammation. It is a strong NSAID that is taken once a day.

Can I take 2 meloxicam a day?

Adults can take 7.5mg once a day at first. Your doctor may increase your dose. However, the usual dose is no more than 15 mg once a day. Your doctor will determine the appropriate use and dosage for your child.

Can meloxicam make you gain weight?

Weight gain is one of the side effects. It may lead to weight gain.

Can you lay down after taking meloxicam?

When you take this medicine drink a glass of water. But remember not to lie down for at least 10 minutes.

What medications should not be taken with meloxicam?

Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, avoid taking aspirin while taking meloxicam. Before taking any other medicine for pain, fever, swelling, or cold symptoms, ask your doctor. They may contain meloxicam-like ingredients (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen)

Which is safer: meloxicam or ibuprofen?

In studies, patients taking ibuprofen were found to have a higher risk of acute kidney injury than those taking meloxicam. This is critical. Meloxicam may be gentler on the kidneys, owing to its lower impact on blood flow to the kidneys.

Can you stop taking meloxicam suddenly?

Meloxicam oral tablets can be used for either short- or long-term treatment. It carries risks if you do not take it exactly as prescribed by your doc

Is 30 mg of meloxicam too much?

Meloxicam doses of 22.5 mg and higher have been linked to an increased risk of serious GI events; thus, meloxicam should not be taken more than 15 mg per day.

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