Uses And Benefits
Meloxicam is similar to other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It helps reduce inflammation in the body and keeps the body from producing as many prostaglandins. This medication helps relieve swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and pain from arthritis. It is most commonly used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the material that cushions the joints begins to break down, causing the bones to rub painfully against each other. Rheumatoid arthritis is the form where the immune system attacks the lining of the joints. This leads to swelling and pain.
The medication is also used to treat juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It has been approved for use with children who are at least two years old. This medication is also used to treat ankylosing spondylitis, which affects the spine. However, this medication is not used to treat every type of arthritis. Thus, patients must talk to their doctor first.
Continue reading to reveal the potential side effects of this medication next.