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What is this medication?

Meloxicam, Anjeso/Mobic/Vivlodex
Analgesic, Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID)

Meloxicam is indicated for management of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis.

“Alert: Black Box Warning

Serious cardiovascular thrombotic events:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may occur early in treatment and may increase with duration of use.

Serious gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcerations, and perforation:
NSAIDs cause an increased risk of serious GI adverse events, including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. These events can occur at any time during use and without warning symptoms. Elderly patients and patients with a prior history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding are at greater risk for serious GI events.”

How does this medication work? 

Meloxicam, Anjeso/Mobic/Vivlodex blocks the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX) that is responsible for converting arachidonic acid into prostaglandin H2—the first step in the synthesis of prostaglandins, which are mediators of inflammation.

How should I take this medication? 

Oral: 5mg to 15mg daily depending on indication.

How to Take:  Take with food to minimize GI irritation.

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting Meloxicam, Anjeso/Mobic/Vivlodex make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take.  NSAIDs as a whole can increase your risk of serious (and potentially fatal) adverse cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction [MI] and stroke.  NSAIDs can also increase your risk to GI inflammation, ulceration, and bleeding if you have a previous history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Edema, hypertension, hypotension, syncope, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, duodenal and gastric ulcer, pancreatitis, elevated liver enzymes, dizziness.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones.