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If meloxicam is not right for you, your doctor may prescribe you an alternative medication or alter your treatment plan, based on your health condition(s) and any side effects you experience with this medication.

Potential Alternatives to Meloxicam

Different Medicines

Your doctor may recommend or prescribe alternative medications to meloxicam to treat arthritis-related pain, including, according to Harvard Health,:

  • Tramadol
  • Nonacetylated salicylates, which are more sensitive on your stomach than aspirin
  • Acetaminophen
  • Different NSAIDs, like naproxen
  • Some topical medications may assist with arthritis like diclofenac cream or capsaicin cream

Natural Treatments

Additionally, your doctor may recommend that you pursue natural remedies to treat your pain, including:

  • Gentle exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Extra rest
  • Healthy diet
  • Supplements and/or vitamins

It is important to consult with your doctor regarding your specific treatment plan. If meloxicam does not work for you, or if you notice adverse side effects, let your doctor know so the two of you can develop the best treatment plan for your needs.

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