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What if I miss a dose of Meloxicam?

If you miss a dose of meloxicam, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose of meloxicam, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Be sure not to double doses. Follow your physician’s instructions since some may indicate that you only need to take it “as needed” it is okay to miss doses then.

What if I overdose on Meloxicam?

There is limited experience with meloxicam overdose. Four cases have taken 6 to 11 times the highest recommended dose; all recovered. Cholestyramine is known to
accelerate the clearance of meloxicam.

Symptoms following acute NSAID overdose include lethargy, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and epigastric pain, which are generally reversible with supportive care.
Gastrointestinal bleeding can occur. Severe poisoning may result in hypertension, acute renal failure, hepatic dysfunction, respiratory depression, coma, convulsions
cardiovascular collapse, and cardiac arrest. Anaphylactoid reactions have been reported with therapeutic ingestion of NSAIDs, and may occur following an overdose.

Patients should be managed with symptomatic and supportive care following an NSAID overdose. Administration of activated charcoal is recommended for patients
who present 1 to 2 hours after overdose. For substantial overdose or severely symptomatic patients, activated charcoal may be administered repeatedly.

Accelerated removal of meloxicam by 4 g oral doses of cholestyramine given three times a day was demonstrated in a clinical trial. Administration of cholestyramine may be useful
following an overdose. Forced diuresis, alkalinization of urine, hemodialysis, or hemoperfusion may not be useful due to high protein binding.

For additional information about overdose treatment, call a poison control center (1-800-222-1222).

How is Meloxicam administered?

General Instructions

Carefully consider the potential benefits and risks of MOBIC and other treatment options before deciding to use MOBIC. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest
duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals.

After observing the response to initial therapy with MOBIC, adjust the dose to suit an individual patient’s needs.

In adults, the maximum recommended daily oral dose of MOBIC is 15 mg regardless of formulation. In patients with hemodialysis, a maximum daily dosage of 7.5 mg is recommended.

MOBIC oral suspension 7.5 mg/5 mL or 15 mg/10 mL may be substituted for MOBIC tablets 7.5 mg or 15 mg, respectively.

Shake the oral suspension gently before using.

MOBIC may be taken without regard to timing of meals. However, it may be beneficial to take the meloxicam or other NSAIDs with food to help with stomach irritation, if you have a history of ulcers, or have a history of other gastrointestinal problems.


For the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis the recommended starting and maintenance oral dose of MOBIC is 7.5 mg once daily. Some patients may
receive additional benefit by increasing the dose to 15 mg once daily.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

For the relief of the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, the recommended starting and maintenance oral dose of MOBIC is 7.5 mg once daily. Some patients
may receive additional benefit by increasing the dose to 15 mg once daily

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) Pauciarticular and Polyarticular Course

To improve dosing accuracy in smaller weight children, the use of the MOBIC oral suspension is recommended. MOBIC oral suspension is available in the strength of
7.5 mg/5 mL. For the treatment of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, the recommended oral dose of MOBIC is 0.125 mg/kg once daily up to a maximum of 7.5 mg. There was no additional benefit demonstrated by increasing the dose above 0.125 mg/kg once daily in these clinical trials.

How is Meloxicam supplied?


  • 7.5 mg: pastel yellow, round, biconvex, uncoated tablet containing meloxicam 7.5 mg. Impressed with the Boehringer Ingelheim logo on one side and the letter “M” on the other.
  • 15 mg: pastel yellow, oblong, biconvex, uncoated tablet containing meloxicam 15 mg. Impressed with the tablet code “15” on one side and the letter “M” on the other.

Oral Suspension

  • Yellowish green tinged viscous suspension containing 7.5 mg meloxicam in 5 mL.

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