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Meloxicam (By mouth)

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This medicine is an NSAID.

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Meloxicam is an nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis), such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. However, this medicine does not cure arthritis and will only help you as long as you continue to take it. This medicine is available only with your doctor's… Read more
Brand names include
Comfort Pac with Meloxicam, Mobic, NuDroxiPAK M-15, Vivlodex
Drug classes About this
Analgesic, Antirheumatic, Central Nervous System Agent, Musculoskeletal Agent

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Single dose oral meloxicam for acute postoperative pain in adults

Pain is commonly experienced after surgical procedures. The condition is usually used to test whether or not drugs are effective painkillers in participants with moderate or severe pain. In this case we could find no studies that tested oral meloxicam against placebo. It is possible that the studies were done, but not reported, because they were used only to register meloxicam with licensing authorities throughout the world. However, this leaves an important gap in our knowledge, and it means that we cannot be confident about using oral meloxicam for acute painful conditions.

Cyclooxygenase-2 selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (etodolac, meloxicam, celecoxib, rofecoxib, etoricoxib, valdecoxib and lumiracoxib) for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review and economic evaluation

The objectives were to review the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (etodolac, meloxicam, celecoxib, rofecoxib, etoricoxib, valdecoxib and lumiracoxib) for osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Cyclooxygenase-2 selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (etodolac, meloxicam, celecoxib, rofecoxib, etoricoxib, valdecoxib and lumiracoxib) for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review and economic evaluation

This review evaluated the effectiveness of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) for osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. The authors concluded that COX-2 selective NSAIDs were similar to non-selective NSAIDs for the symptomatic relief of these conditions and provided superior GI tolerability. This was a well-conducted review and the authors' conclusions were likely to be reliable.

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Single dose oral meloxicam for acute postoperative pain in adults

Pain is commonly experienced after surgical procedures. The condition is usually used to test whether or not drugs are effective painkillers in participants with moderate or severe pain. In this case we could find no studies that tested oral meloxicam against placebo. It is possible that the studies were done, but not reported, because they were used only to register meloxicam with licensing authorities throughout the world. However, this leaves an important gap in our knowledge, and it means that we cannot be confident about using oral meloxicam for acute painful conditions.

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