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Meloxicam

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Meloxicam, sold under the brand name Mobic among others, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and inflammation in rheumatic diseases and osteoarthritis. It is taken by mouth. It is recommended that it be used for as short a period as possible and at a low dose.Common side effects include abdominal pain, dizziness, swelling, headache, and a rash. Serious side effects may include heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, and stomach ulcers. Use is not recommended in the third trimester of pregnancy. It blocks cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) more than it blocks cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1). It is in the oxicam family of chemicals and is closely related to piroxicam.Meloxicam was patented in 1977 and approved for medical use in the United States in 2000. It was developed by Boehringer Ingelheim, however is also available as a generic medication. In the United States the wholesale cost per dose is less than US$0.02 as of 2018. In the United Kingdom it costs about 0.13 pounds as of 2018. In 2016, it was the 36th most prescribed medication in the United States with more than 21 million prescriptions.

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