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What kind of medication is Meloxicam and how does it work?

This medication belongs to the group of those that are knownas NSAIDs, which means that it is primarily used in cases when it is necessaryto relieve symptoms such as pain, swelling, inflammation and stiffness. These symptomsare usually common for cases of arthritis, a condition that affects joints,which is why Meloxicam is one of the most frequently prescribed medications inpeople who suffer from various forms of this condition. Still, it does not meanthat it can slow down the disease, or that it can stop the progression, becausewhen it comes to arthritis, there is no medication that can do that. Itsmechanism of action consists of preventing the hormones that cause inflammationand pain (prostaglandins, to be more precise) to act.

What are its most common side effects?

Since every medication has some side effects, it is importantto know which those are when it comes to Meloxicam, because in some cases theycan be prevented. For example, due to the fact that the interaction is verylikely to happen if it is taken at the same time as ACE inhibitors, betablockers, corticosteroids, diuretics, digoxin, lithium, blood thinners, certainantidepressants, as well as some other medications, it is better simply not to usemeloxicam at all. Certain herbs might also cause interaction if combined withmeloxicam, which is why it is important to make sure not to combine them. Some ofthese herbs are dong quai, feverfew, ginkgo biloba, ginger, and even garlic andfish oil supplements. Depending on the medication, some results of theseinteractions might be kidney problems, increased risk of bleeding, anddecreased efficiency of the medication that is taken along with Meloxicam.

Due to the increased risk of experiencing some side effects,people who have asthma, some heart, liver or kidney problem, high bloodpressure, diabetes or allergy, should not take this medication withoutpreviously consulting the doctor. The same goes for pregnant and breastfeedingwomen, people who smoke, drink alcohol a lot, and those who have recently undergonesome heart related surgery procedure.

As for the most frequent side effects, people usually complained about heartburn, infections of the upper respiratory tract, diarrhea,pain in the abdomen, swelling, anemia, headache and problems with sleeping. Thosevery rarely reported side effects are dizziness, sore throat, vomiting, pain inthe back and rash that occurs without a known reason.

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