Meloxicam is one of the most common medications prescribed. It is part of the family of medications called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories and is used primarily to treat arthritis pain. It can be a great medication to treat your pain as it is simple to take being only once a day. It is not without concerns though. Side effects tend to be similar to other anti-inflammatories and can be hard on your kidneys if taking high doses for long periods of time. In this video we’ll discuss the other important side effects that you should watch out for as well as who should be more careful or even avoid taking it.
If you have just been prescribed meloxicam you are probably having a lot of arthritis pain and are really hoping that it is going to help for you. but you may be worried about what kind of problems or side effects that it can cause. in this video we are going to help you understand how to safely take this medications,
What are the most common hi, i m dr. erik richardson a board certified family practice physician. i d like to welcome giving you practical and accurate medical information to help you and your family. thanks for joining us today because we are going to be going over some of your most common questions meloxicam
Belongs to the famiy of medications we call non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or nsaids for short. this is in the same family as more common medications like ibuprofen or naproxen. it works in much the same way by blocking chemicals in the body called prostaglandins that contribute to inflammation in the body, especially
In the joints. it s a little different than ibuprofen though in that it has some properties that help the main things that meloxicam is used related to conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as well as just generalized of arthritis that are caused by either wear meloxicam is in the same general
When studies have looked at how they have shown to be about the same. the main benefit you get from taking the meloxicam so the main question we all have is what are for most people, meloxicam is tolerated pretty well. typically with lower doses and if taken for shorter periods of time, there aren t really that many people
That will have issues with it. most common ones are some abdominal pain, the most common side effect tend to relate to issues with the stomach. we find that taking these and any anti-inflammatories with food can lessen any stomach symptoms that you may have. of time sometimes your doctor may recommend so
What kind of more serious side effects do i need to worry about? this one will be easier answered by talking about different areas of the body that it can affect. these types of medicine can decrease the protective layer in the stomach and make it more likely to have an ulcer and even bleed from it. as i mentioned before,
Meloxicam doesn t affect a certain enzyme as much that can protect this lining and make it less likely to cause an ulcer. what we have found though is that in doses of 15 mg or above, it has actually been found to increase your risk of bleeding over ibuprofen. having black dark stools or vomiting blood, another
Area that it can affect are your kidney s. all anti-inflammatories like meloxicam can cause that you would likely have any symptoms of. it s just that the longer you are on it, the more you are at risk for having problems. this can be especially true if you are taking it with blood pressure medications like lisinopril
Or losartan. is still possible, so it s something you another area of concern is that all anti-inflammatories and meloxicam is part of that strokes. all nsaid s can cause constriction of blood vessels which can increase your blood pressure and cause fluid and salt retention. meloxicam is no different. the
Risk is not high, but it is still there ,so if you need to be on this long term, make sure you are watching your blood pressure, working on diet and exercise, stop smoking and take care of your overall health to help minimize this risk. just a side note, your blood pressure, so if you notice that your
Blood pressure has not been as well controlled another rare but still concerning issue is a sudden onset of skin rashes or even peeling skin. where you can get some blisters and peeling if this were to happen you would want to seek care. the key to avoiding most of these more significant side effects is to take the medication at
The lowest effective dose possible for the shortest amount of time. the more we can work on diet and lifestyle changes and focus on topical treatments for our arthritis pain, the less risk we will have to make on whether the benefit that you are receiving from the medication, outweighs some of ok, so that s
A short review of the main meloxicam. it can be a helpful tool in just like anything will depend on each person on how well it works for you. at least now, if you found this to be helpful, do me a favor and hit that like button and share it with your friends. it helps to get this video out to others who may need this in
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MELOXICAM | Common Side Effects and Who Should Avoid it! By Erik Richardson D.O.