What is Meloxicam?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Mobic Melox Apo-Meloxicam Show all

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Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 616 254
Inflammation 610 239
Fibromyalgia 373 143
Arthritis pain 71 29
Rheumatoid arthritis 51 21

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 52
Moderate 58
Mild 95
None 390

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Meloxicam

Side effect Patients Percentage
Stomach pain 17
Nausea 15
Acid reflux 14
Bruising 5
Diarrhea 5
Dry mouth 5

Show all 78 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Meloxicam

Dosage Patients Percentage
15 mg daily 36
7.5 mg daily 5
15mg as needed 4
7.5mg as needed 3
5 mg daily 2
7.5 mg twice daily 2
15 mg twice daily 2
1 tablet(s) daily 1
15 mg every other day 1
10 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Meloxicam

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 161
Doctor's advice 117
Side effects too severe 88
Other 63
Course of treatment ended 45
Personal research 12
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 11
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Duration

Currently taking Meloxicam

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Meloxicam

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 77
1 - 6 months 134
6 months - 1 year 61
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 59
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 449
Usually 73
Sometimes 45
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 69
Not at all hard to take 493
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 17
< $25 330
Not specified 248

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Meloxicam after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Naproxen (Naproxen Prescription) 22
Ibuprofen (Ibuprofen Prescription) 18
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 17
Diclofenac (Voltaren) 10
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 4

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Meloxicam and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Celecoxib (Celebrex) 26
Diclofenac (Voltaren) 12
Naproxen (Naproxen Prescription) 7
Tramadol (Ultram) 7
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 4

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching to

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48 patient evaluations for Meloxicam

Mar 1, 2020 (Started Oct 15, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (stomach irritation if not enough food in stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had to change the time of day I take this med b/c it was not covering my pain through the night. I would awaken at 3 & be in agony until I could take my morning meds. I then took my morning dose of Meloxicam at noon on the first day, and on the second day waited until bed time to take it. Then I began taking it at night only. That way it covered my pain through most of the night. I try to take it with a piece of cheese or toast to protect my stomach.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jul 2, 2018 (Started Jun 05, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for inflammation)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 7.5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I took Meloxicam Always as prescribed, but I could not tell if it was helping, I had a lot of pain with it, more than Ibuprofen.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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Feb 22, 2016 (Started Feb 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (stomach discomfort)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily

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