Movalis (more known as Mobic) (generic name: meloxicam) is in a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and are used to treat pain and/or inflammation.
Medications and Prescriptions
Generic name: Meloxicam
Product Brand Name: Movalis
Meloxicam is used to relieve the pain, tenderness, inflammation (swelling), and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. Meloxicam is in a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.
How should this medicine be used?
Meloxicam comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. To help you remember to take meloxicam, take it around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take meloxicam exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Meloxicam is also used sometimes to treat ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What special precautions should I follow? Return to top
Before taking meloxicam, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to meloxicam, aspirin or other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or any other medications.
tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), and quinapril (Accupril); anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); aspirin; cholestyramine (Questran); diuretics ('water pills'); lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid, others); and oral steroids such as dexamethasone (Decadron, Dexone), methylprednisolone (Medrol), and prednisone (Deltasone). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
Tell your doctor if you smoke or drink large amounts of alcohol and if you have or have ever had asthma; stomach problems such as ulcers; high blood pressure; heart failure; swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs (fluid retention); blood clotting (coagulation) problems; or kidney or liver disease.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking meloxicam, call your doctor.
If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking meloxicam.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Meloxicam may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
black and tarry stools
red blood in stools
vomiting material that looks like coffee grounds
unexplained weight gain
swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
lack of energy
yellowing of the skin or eyes
pain in the right upper part of the stomach
difficulty breathing or swallowing
Meloxicam may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?Return to top
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose Return to top
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
lack of energy