Meloxicam 15mg comes in tablet form. It belongs to a group of medicines called NSAIDs - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Naproxen is used to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Meloxicam 15mg tablets should be kept out of sight and reach of children. It should be stored in its original packaging, protected from light and should not be stored over 30 degrees Celsius.
When using Meloxicam 15mg tablets, you should follow the instructions given to you by the doctors. The usual dose given for arthritis treatment is one tablet to be taken daily. The tablets should be swallowd whole - not chewed - and with a drink of water, with or after food.
If you take more tablets than recommended by your doctor, you should speak to your doctor, pharmacist or hospital as soon as possible, taking your medicine with you. If you forget to take a dose, do not double up doses. Take the dose as soon as you remember if necessary and then take the next dose at the correct time.
The active ingredient in these tablets is Meloxicam. The other ingredients are sodium citrate, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone K-30, colloidal anhydrous silica, crospovidone and magnesium stearate.
Meloxicam 15mg tablets should not be taken if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medicine. You should not take the tablets if you have taken other NSAIDs before and had the following signs: wheezing, chest tightness, breathlessness, nasal blockage due to swellings in the lining of your nose, skin rashes, nettle rash, sudden skin or mucosal swelling. If you suffer from ulcers or bleeding in your stomach or intestines or have a history of ulcers, if you have severely impaired liver function, severe kidney failure, have had recent bleeding in the brain, have any kind of bleeding disorders, severe heart failure, if you are breast-feeding or are in the last three months of pregnancy then you should not take Meloxicam. Meloxicam may be associated with a small increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Any risk is more likely with higher doses and prolonged treatment. Do not exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment.
You should speak to your doctor before taking Meloxicam if the following relates to you: you have a history of inflammation of the gullet, stomach or any other disease of the digestive tract, if you are elderly, if you have high blood pressure, heart, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, reduced blood volume or high potassium levels in the blood.
You should make sure to mention if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. You should make sure to mention if you are taking these medicines especially as they may effect how Meloxicam works, or vise versa: other NSAIDs, anticoagulants, medicines which break down blood clots, medicines to treat heart and kidney disease, corticosteroids, ciclosporin, diuretics, lithium, any SSRIs, methotrexate, cholestyramine or if you are a women who uses an intrauterine contraceptive device.
If you are in the last 3 months of pregnancy, you should not take this medicine. If you are in the first 6 months of pregnancy or are breast-feeding, you should avoid taking Meloxicam. Meloxicam may make it more difficult to become pregnant, so tell your doctor if you are planning a pregnancy or are having problems becoming pregnant.
As with all medicines, Meloxicam 15mg tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. You should stop using Meloxicam immediately if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction. You should stop taking Meloxicam and speak to your doctor immediately if you notice the following: skin reactions, such as itching, blistering or peeling of the skin, lesions of soft tissues, erythema multiforme, swelling of the skin or mucosa, such as swelling around the eyes, face and lips, mouth or throat, swollen ankles or legs, shortness of breath or asthma attack, inflammation of the liver, bleeding in the digestive tract or ulceration of your digestive tract.
Other side effects include indigestion, nasea, abdominal pain, constipation, flatulence, diarrhoea, dizziness, vertigo, drowsiness, anaemia, hypertension, flushing, sodium and water retention, increased potassium levels, eructation, inflammation of the stomach, bleeding of the digestive tract, inflammation of the mouth, itching, skin rash, swellig caused by fluid retention. disturbance of liver and kidney function tests, mood disorders, nightmares, abnormal blood count, ringing in the ears, feeling your heartbeat, palpitations, ulcers of the stomach or upper part of the small bowels, inflammation of the gullet, onset of asthma attacks, potentially life-threatening skin rashes, nettle rash, visual disturbances, inflammation of the large bowel and liver, acute failure of the kidneys, a hole in the wall of the bowels.
If any of these side effects get serious, or you get side effects not listed above, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.