How should I take meloxicam?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Meloxicam is usually taken once per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
You may take rugae with or without food.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure the liquid with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
If a child is taking this medication, tell your doctor if the child has any changes in weight. Meloxicam doses are based on weight in children.
The maximum amount of meloxicam for adults is 15 milligrams (mg) per day. Know the amount of meloxicam in the specific product you are taking.
If you use meloxicam long-term, your blood will need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using meloxicam.
Store at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since meloxicam is taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, fever, urinating less than usual or not at all, shallow breathing, fainting, seizure (convulsions), or coma.