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Guide To Meloxicam

Meloxicam is an oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is important to read the medication guide before taking this medicine. Doctors may perform tests to monitor the patient's organ function. This is because long-term use of this medication can lead to issues with certain organ systems.

This medication is often used as a treatment for arthritis. However, it is not the first arthritis medication to be recommended. Patients may be prescribed topical creams for arthritis as well as over-the-counter medications for pain relief. In addition, natural remedies for arthritis may be employed. This may include exercise and weight loss treatments. Joint repair for arthritis, as well as other arthritis surgeries, are often attempted as well. However, patients still need to know the details of meloxicam for arthritis.

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How It Works

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Meloxicam blocks two different cyclooxygenase enzymes. These enzymes contribute to the production of prostaglandins, which cause inflammation. Meloxicam is stronger than over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen. Most prescriptions call for 7.5 milligrams to be taken once daily. The maximum dose is fifteen milligrams daily. When the medication is prescribed to children, the dose is much lower. The maximum dose that can be prescribed to children is 7.5 milligrams each day. 

Individuals may need to take meloxicam for up to two weeks before they see the full effects. However, it is common for patients to notice a difference in the first twenty-four to seventy-two hours. The doses begin working in thirty minutes, but the peak efficacy occurs at around four hours afterward. The half-life of this medication is between fifteen to twenty hours.

Uncover the uses and benefits of this medication next.

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