Contains the active ingredient meloxicam
Consumer Medicine Information
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What is in this leaflet
Read this leaflet carefully before taking your medicine.
This leaflet answers some common questions about meloxicam. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
The information in this leaflet was last updated on the date listed on the last page. More recent information on this medicine may be available.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist:
- if there is anything you do not understand in this leaflet,
- if you are worried about taking your medicine, or
- to obtain the most up-to-date information.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
Pharmaceutical companies cannot give you medical advice or an individual diagnosis.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may want to read it again.
What this medicine is used for
The name of your medicine is APO-Meloxicam. It contains the active ingredient meloxicam.
It is used to treat the symptoms of:
- rheumatoid arthritis
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.
How it works
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.
Use in children
Do not give meloxicam to children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
Before you take this medicine
When you must not take it
Do not take this medicine if:
- You are about to undergo coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
- You have a disease of the heart with shortness of breath, and swelling of the feet or lips due to fluid build-up.
- You experience bleeding from the stomach, gut or any other bleeding.
- You have had a stroke resulting from a bleed in the brain or have a bleeding disorder.
- You currently have a peptic (stomach) ulcer.
- You have Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.
- You have severe liver or kidney problems.
- You are currently taking other medicines known as: sulfinpyrazone (used to treat gout), fluconazole (used to treat fungal infections) or certain sulfur antibiotics (e.g. sulfaphenazole or sulfamethoxazole).
- You are breastfeeding or intend to breastfeed.
Meloxicam may pass into breast milk and affect your baby.
- You have had any of the following symptoms after taking aspirin or other NSAIDS: asthma, nasal polyps, swollen face or urticaria.
- You have had an allergic reaction to meloxicam, aspirin, any other NSAID medicines or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet. This includes rare inherited conditions of galactose intolerance. These tablets contain lactose.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction, contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at the nearest hospital.
- The expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
- The packaging is torn, shows signs of tampering or it does not look quite right.
Before you start to take it
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
- You have allergies to:
– any other medicines, including aspirin or other NSAID medicines
– lactose – this medicine contains lactose
– any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
- You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
– high blood pressure or fluid retention
– high cholesterol or other risk factors for heart disease
– heartburn, indigestion, ulcers or other stomach problems
– kidney or liver disease
– asthma or any other breathing problems
- You are using an IUD (Intra-Uterine Device) for birth control.
- 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.
- You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
- You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment.
- 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:
- any other 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
- aspirin, salicylates or other NSAID medicines
- medicines used to thin your blood (such as warfarin, heparin and ticlopidine)
- lithium, a medicine used to treat some types of mood disorders
- antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- methotrexate, a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (a painful joint disease) and some types of cancer
- cyclosporin, a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and certain problems with the immune system
- pemetrexed, used to treat lung cancer
- diuretics, also called fluid or water tablets (e.g. frusemide)
- medicines used to treat high blood pressure
- medicines used to treat heart problems (such as amiodarone or quinidine)
- medicines used to treat diabetes
- cholestyramine, a medicine used to treat high cholesterol levels in the blood
- corticosteroids (drugs usually used to treat inflammatory conditions, such as skin rash and asthma)
- some medicines used to treat fungal infections (such as fluconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole)
- some sulfur antibiotics (such as sulfaphenazole and sulfamethoxazole)
- some antihistamines (medicines used to prevent or relieve the symptoms of allergy, such as hay fever or insect stings), e.g. terfenadine.
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.
How to take this medicine
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist. Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.
How much to take
Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
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.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change your dosage without first checking with your doctor.
How to take it
Swallow meloxicam capsules whole, with fluid.
When to take it
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, either morning or evening. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect and will also help you remember when to take it.
How long to take it for
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you. Make sure you have enough to last over weekends and holidays.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time to take your next dose, 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 take too much (overdose)
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:
- nausea and/or vomiting
- blurred vision
- fits or seizures
- low blood pressure
- difficulty in breathing
- impaired consciousness
- kidney failure.
While you are taking this medicine
Things you must do
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
- you are about to be started on any new medicine
- you become pregnant
- you are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed
- you are about to have any blood tests
- you are going to have surgery, including dental surgery or are going into hospital
Meloxicam can slow down blood clotting.
- you get an infection while using meloxicam
Meloxicam 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.
Your doctor may occasionally do tests to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent side effects. Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
Things you must not do
- Give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
- Take your medicine to treat any other condition unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.
- Stop taking your medicine, or change the dosage, without first checking with your doctor.
Things to be careful of
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.
Possible side effects
Tell your doctor 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. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following:
- stomach upset including nausea
- vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, belching, cramps or pain
- sore mouth or throat, discomfort when swallowing
- constipation, diarrhoea or wind
- dizziness or light-headedness
- skin rashes, which may be caused by exposure to sunlight, can blister and may take on the appearance of a severe burn
- increase in blood pressure
- tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- difficulty falling pregnant.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following.
These may be serious side effects and you may need medical attention.
- blurred vision
- any change in the amount or colour of your urine (red or brown) or any pain or difficulty experienced when urinating
- collapse or fainting, shortness of breath or tiredness, fast or irregular heartbeat (also called palpitations), chest pain, swollen or sore leg veins
- severe pain or tenderness in the stomach
- severe dizziness
- yellowing of the skin and eyes (known as jaundice)
- swelling of your ankles, legs or other parts of your body
- signs of anaemia (such as tiredness, being short of breath and looking pale).
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.
- vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
- bleeding from your back passage (rectum), black sticky motions (stools) or bloody diarrhoea
- weakness in one part or side of your body, slurred speech, blurred vision or visual disturbances
- flu-like symptoms, followed by irritation of your mucous membranes (e.g. lips, mouth, eyes or genitals) and a painful red or purplish rash that spreads and blisters.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to meloxicam, do not take any more of this medicine and tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
- cough, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body
- rash, itching or hives on the skin
- hay fever-like symptoms.
Storage and disposal
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, 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.
What APO-Meloxicam looks like
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:
- lactose monohydrate
- maize starch
- sodium citrate
- magnesium stearate.
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.
Australian Registration Numbers
- APO-Meloxicam 7.5 mg capsules (blister pack):
AUST R 181191.
- APO-Meloxicam 15 mg capsules (blister pack):
AUST R 181194.
Apotex Pty Ltd
16 Giffnock Avenue
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
APO and APOTEX are registered trade marks of Apotex Inc.
This leaflet was last updated in April 2015.
Published by MIMS July 2015