Meloxicam dosage is determined by the doctor for each case. Meloxicam belongs to the group of drugs called NSAIDs (non steroidal-anti inflammatory drugs), and it has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect which relieves pain and reduces fever. Meloxicam is indicated for the symptomatic treatment of rheumatic diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis. Always use Meloxicam exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you have questions regarding your Meloxicam dosage ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The indicated Meloxicam dosage
Meloxicam dosage for teenagers over 15 years and adults are:
- for treatment of degenerative joint disease is 7,5 mg per day. Without expected therapeutic response, the Meloxicam dosage may be increased to 15 mg per day.
- for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is 15 mg per day. In elderly patients with rheumatoid arthritis the recommended dose is 7,5 mg daily. In patients with increased risk of experiencing Meloxicam side effects, treatment should start with 7,5 mg daily.
- for treatment of ankylosing spondylitis is 15 mg per day. For patients on dialysis with severe renal failure, dose of Meloxicam should not exceed 7,5 mg daily. In patients with mild and moderate renal failure, dose reduction is not required (7,5 mg per day).
- In patients with mild and moderate liver failure dose reduction is not required (the indicated dose is 7,5 mg per day).
Use Meloxicam with food, water or other liquid. Do not exceed your maximum daily dose of 15 mg. If you take more Meloxicam than you should, tell your doctor immediately. If you forgot to take your Meloxicam dosage, take your next dose as planned. Do not take a double dose to replace the missed one.
Before using Meloxicam
Meloxicam should not be used by patients with hypersensitivity to Meloxicam or other ingredients. Also, this drug should not be administered to patients who, after previous treatment with Aspirin or other NSAIDs, have signs of asthma, nasal polyps ( angioedema, swelling caused by an allergic reaction) or hives. Meloxicam should not be used by patients with stomach ulcer, severe liver and renal failure, digestive tract bleeding, brain hemorrhage or other bleeding disorders, or severe heart failure. This drug should not be used by children and teenagers younger than 15 years.
Taking other medicines
Before taking your Meloxicam dosage, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using other medicines including those bought without prescription:
- anticoagulants such acenocoumarol, heparin, ticlopidine
- other NSAIDs including Aspirin
- Lithium (used in some psychiatric disorders)
- Methotrexate (used in joint disease or cancer)
- Cholestyramine (used to lower high serum fat)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) used to treat depression
- Thrombolytics (drugs that dissolve blood clots in the vessels)
- Oral hypoglycemic agents
Meloxicam dosage on pregnancy
Using this drug on pregnant women is not indicated. If you plan to become pregnant you should ask your doctor before using Meloxicam. Taking Meloxicam is not recommended in women planning to become pregnant because, as well as other NSAIDs, it may compromise fertility and the health of the unborn child. In women with difficulties in procreation, which are under investigations for infertility, Meloxicam dosage should be interrupted. Also, this drug should not by used by breastfeeding women.
Driving and using machines
Meloxicam may cause difficulties in concentrating, headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, fatigue, and rarely visual disturbances, including blurred vision. If any of these side effects appear you should not drive or operate machinery and stop taking your Meloxicam dosage.