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contains the active ingredient meloxicam
Consumer Medicine Information
This leaflet answers some common questions about Moxicam.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Moxicam against the benefits expected for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.
Moxicam is used to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both of these diseases mainly affect the joints causing pain and swelling.
Although Moxicam can relieve symptoms such as pain and inflammation, it will not cure your condition.
Moxicam belongs to a family of medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). These medicines work by relieving pain and inflammation.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
It is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Do not take Moxicam if you have an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Do not take Moxicam if:
Do not give this medicine to children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking Moxicam, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
If it is necessary for you to take Moxicam, your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking it during pregnancy.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you start taking Moxicam.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Moxicam may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may be affected by Moxicam, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
Your doctor and pharmacist may have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the container label, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
For the treatment of osteoarthritis
The usual dose of Moxicam 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 Moxicam 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 Moxicam is 15 mg.
For patients with kidney problems undergoing dialysis, the maximum recommended daily dose is 7.5 mg.
Ask your doctor for more information if you have been advised to take a different dose.
Swallow the tablets with a full glass of water.
Take your medicine at about the same time each day, either morning or evening.
Take Moxicam during or immediately after food.
This will reduce the chance of a stomach upset.
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
This medicine will not cure your condition but it should help control pain, swelling and stiffness.
You may need to take Moxicam for a long time. Keep in touch with your doctor during this time.
If it is almost time for your next dose (e.g. within 2-3 hours) skip the dose you missed and take the next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, then go back to taking it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Moxicam. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of an overdose with Moxicam may include:
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Moxicam.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacist who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking this medicine.
Moxicam can slow down blood clotting.
If you become pregnant while taking Moxicam, tell your doctor immediately.
If you get an infection while using Moxicam, tell your doctor.
Moxicam may hide some of the signs of an infection (e.g. pain, fever, redness and swelling). You may think, mistakenly, that you are better or that the infection is not serious.
Do not use Moxicam to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Moxicam affects you.
As with other NSAID medicines, Moxicam may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Moxicam.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
These side effects are usually mild.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
The above list includes serious side effects that may require medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.
If any of the following happen, stop taking Moxicam and either tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
The above list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are rare.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some people.
Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the pack they will not keep well.
Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store Moxicam or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car on hot days. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it 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 tells you to stop taking Moxicam, or your tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.
Moxicam tablets are available in two strengths: -
Moxicam 7.5 mg and 15 mg tablets are available in packs of 30 tablets.
The active ingredient in Moxicam is meloxicam.
The tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients:
Moxicam is supplied by:
Alphapharm Pty Limited
(ABN 93 002 359 739)
Chase Building 2
Wentworth Park Road
Glebe NSW 2037
Phone: (02) 9298 3999
Phone: 1800 028 365
Australian registration numbers:
Moxicam 7.5 - AUST R 126214
Moxicam 15 - AUST R 126215
This leaflet was prepared on 28 May 2010.
Published by MIMS/myDr August 2010