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Meloxicam

Last updated on July 16, 2019.

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GENERIC NAME: Meloxicam

CHINESE NAME: 美洛昔康

COMMON BRANDS IN HONG KONG: Mobic, Melcam/ Meclam-15, Melox, Melflam

What is Meloxicam for?

Meloxicam belongs to a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Diclofenac. This class of drugs can be used to reduce pain, inflammation and fever. It is commonly used for rheumatoid arthritis, gout, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and osteoarthritis.

How to use it?

Meloxicam is taken by mouth as a tablet or capsule. It is advised to take meloxicam with food to reduce gastrointestinal discomfort. 

The dosages for different indications are listed below: 

For rheumatoid arthritis

Adult

15 mg once daily, then reduced to 7.5 mg once daily if needed

Elderly

7.5 mg once daily

For juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Child 12-17 years

> 60 kg: 7.5 mg once daily

For osteoarthritis

Adult

7.5 mg once daily, then increase to 15 mg once daily if necessary

What are the side effects of Meloxicam

Like all NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), the main side effects of Meloxicam are indigestion, nausea, bleeding gastric ulcer, and allergic reaction. With long-term use Meloxicam can cause kidney injury, bleeding and increase the risk of a cardiovascular event.

Where to buy Meloxicam in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Meloxicam is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

For detailed information about the use of Meloxicam in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

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