The name of your medicine is APO-Meloxicam. It contains the active ingredient meloxicam.
It is used to treat the symptoms of
Both diseases mainly affect the joints causing pain and swelling.
Although meloxicam can relieve symptoms such as pain and inflammation, it will not cure your condition.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Meloxicam belongs to a family of medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).
These medicines work by relieving pain and inflammation.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
Do not give meloxicam to children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
Do not take this medicine if:
Do not use it to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else.
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
1. You have allergies to:
2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
3. You are using an IUD for birth control
4. You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant. Do not take this medicine whilst pregnant until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
5. You are currently breastfeeding or you plan to breastfeed. Do not take this medicine whilst breastfeeding until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
6. You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
7. You are taking meloxicam together with any medicines used to treat high blood pressure and some other heart problems such as ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor antagonists and diuretics (also called fluid or water tablets). When taken together these medicines can cause kidney problems
8. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines; this includes vitamins and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interact with meloxicam. These include:
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take different medicines.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with meloxicam.
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist.
Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.
For the treatment of osteoarthritis
The usual dose of meloxicam is 7.5 mg, taken as a single dose each day.
However, your doctor will prescribe a dose suitable for your condition.
For the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
The usual dose of meloxicam is 15 mg taken as a single dose each day.
Depending on your response, your doctor may reduce this dose to 7.5 mg taken as a single dose each day.
The maximum recommended daily dose of meloxicam is 15 mg.
For patients with kidney problems undergoing dialysis, the maximum recommended daily dose is 7.5 mg.
Swallow meloxicam capsules whole, with fluid.
It is best to take meloxicam immediately after food to avoid the chance of an upset stomach.
Take this medicine at the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect and will also help you remember when to take it.
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
Do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to - even if you feel better.
Make sure you have enough to last over weekends and holidays.
If it is almost time to take your next dose (e.g. within 2-3 hours), skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time.
Otherwise take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for missed doses.
This may increase the chance of side effects.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints to help you remember.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia) for advice. Alternatively go to the Accident and Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Signs of an overdose with meloxicam may include:
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how meloxicam affects you.
As with other NSAID medicines, meloxicam may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision in some people.
Make sure you know how you react to meloxicam before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you
All medicines may have some side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking meloxicam or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you.
These are the more common side effects, mostly they are mild.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
These are rare but serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.
If you experience any of the following, stop taking meloxicam and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 25°C.
Do not store your medicine in direct sunlight.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop taking this medicine or they have passed their expiry date, your pharmacist can dispose of the remaining medicine safely.
They are available in the following strengths:
7.5 mg capsule: Light green / Light green, size '2' hard gelatin capsules filled with light yellow coloured granules.
15 mg capsule: Light green / Light yellow, size '2' hard gelatin capsules filled with light yellow coloured granules.
Each capsule contains either 7.5 mg or 15 mg of the active ingredient meloxicam.
In addition, each capsule also contains the following inactive ingredients:
This medicine is gluten-free, sucrose-free, tartrazine-free and free of other azo dyes.
They are available in blister packs of 10, 20, 30 and 100 capsules.
Not all strengths, pack types and/or pack sizes may be available.
APO-Meloxicam 7.5mg capsules (blister pack): AUST R 181191
APO-Meloxicam 15mg capsules (blister pack): AUST R 181194