Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is commonly used to relieve pain of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is a non- opioid analgesic which means that it doesn’t have any narcotic effects.
Meloxicam was approved by FDA for use in osteoarthritis pain in October 23, 2015.
Is meloxicam over the counter drug?
No, Meloxicam is not an over the counter drug. Meloxicam can only be bought and used with doctor’s prescription and consultation.
Meloxicam is available in different forms under different brand names in different countries. Some of the common forms are:
Oral suspensions are generally prescribed in childrens and those adults who find it difficult to deal with the tablets.
Oral tablets are prescribed when the patient is able to tolerate the drug orally and requires long term therapy of the drug.
Meloxicam is a preferential cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor. It works by inhibiting the prostaglandin synthesis by blocking the cyclooxygenase receptor. Prostaglandins are chemical substances that are released due to inflammatory process and are the major contributors to pain during any inflammatory process.