contains the active ingredient meloxicam
CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Moxicam.
It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking
to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
Moxicam against the benefits expected for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Moxicam is used for
Moxicam is used to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Both of these diseases mainly affect the joints causing pain and swelling.
Although Moxicam can relieve symptoms such as pain and inflammation, it will not cure
Moxicam belongs to a family of medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
(NSAIDs). These medicines work by relieving pain and inflammation.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions why this medicine has been prescribed for
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
It is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take Moxicam
When you must not take it
Do not take Moxicam if you have an allergy to:
any medicine containing meloxicam (the active ingredient)
any of the other ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet. This includes rare
inherited conditions of galactose intolerance.
aspirin or any other NSAID medicine.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
rash, itching or hives on the skin
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
shortness of breath, wheezing or troubled breathing.
Do not take Moxicam if:
you are about to undergo coronary artery bypass graft surgery
you have a disease of the heart with shortness of breath, and swelling of the feet
or lips due to fluid build-up
you experience bleeding from the stomach, gut or any other bleeding
you have had a stroke resulting from a bleed in the brain or have a bleeding disorder
have a galactose intolerance
you currently have a peptic (stomach) ulcer
you have or have had inflammation of the lining of the stomach or intestines (e.g.
Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis)
you have severe liver or kidney problems
you are currently taking other medicines known as: sulfinpyrazone (used to treat gout),
fluconazole (used to treat fungal infections) or certain sulfur antibiotics (eg. sulfaphenazole
Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.
It may affect your developing baby if
you take it during pregnancy.
Do not breast-feed if you are taking this medicine.
The active ingredient in Moxicam passes into breast milk and there is a possibility
that your baby may be affected.
Do not give this medicine to children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
Safety and effectiveness in children younger than 18 years have not been established.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging
is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking Moxicam, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
high blood pressure or fluid retention
heartburn, indigestion, ulcers or other stomach problems
kidney or liver problems
asthma or any other breathing problems.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant.
Like most NSAID medicines, meloxicam is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
If there is a need to consider meloxicam during your pregnancy, your doctor will discuss
with you the benefits and risks of using it.
Tell your doctor if you are using an IUD (intrauterine device) for birth control.
NSAID medicines, like meloxicam may decrease the effectiveness of IUDs.
Tell your doctor if you currently have an infection.
Moxicam may hide some of the signs of an infection. This may make you think, mistakenly,
that you are better or that it is not serious.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before
you start taking Moxicam.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any
that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food
shop. Some medicines and Moxicam may interfere with each other. These include:
aspirin, salicylates or other NSAID medicines
medicines used to thin your blood (e.g., warfarin, heparin and ticlopidine
medicines used to treat high blood pressure and other heart problems (e.g. ACE inhibitors,
angiotensin receptor antagonists and diuretics, also called fluid or water tablets)
When taken together these medicines can cause kidney problems.
lithium, a medicine used to treat some types of depression
antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
methotrexate, a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and some types of cancer
ciclosporin, a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and certain problems with
the immune system.
terfenadine and astemizole, medicines used to prevent or relieve the symptoms of allergy,
such as hay fever or insect stings
medicines to treat diabetes
colestyramine, a medicine used to treat high cholesterol levels in the blood
corticosteroids (drugs usually used to treat inflammatory conditions, such as skin
rash and asthma)
some medicines used to treat infections (e.g. erythromycin, sulfur antibiotics, ketoconazole,
some medicines used to treat irregular heart beats (e.g. amiodarone and quinidine)
pemetrexed, a medicine used in the treatment of certain lung cancers.
These medicines may be affected by Moxicam or may affect how well it works. You may
need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist may have more information on medicines to be careful with
or avoid while taking this medicine.
How to take Moxicam
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the container label, ask your doctor
How much to take
For the treatment of osteoarthritis
The usual dose of Moxicam is 7.5 mg, taken as a single dose each day.
Depending on the severity of your condition and your response to treatment, your doctor
may increase this dose to 15mg taken as a single dose each day.
For the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
The usual dose of Moxicam is 15 mg taken as a single dose each day.
Depending on your response, your doctor may reduce this dose to 7.5 mg taken as a
single dose each day.
The maximum recommended daily dose of Moxicam is 15 mg.
For patients with kidney problems undergoing dialysis, the maximum recommended daily
dose is 7.5 mg.
Ask your doctor for more information if you have been advised to take a different
How to take it
Swallow the tablets with a full glass of water.
When to take it
Take your medicine at about the same time each day, either morning or evening.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you
remember when to take it.
Take Moxicam during or immediately after food.
This will reduce the chance of a stomach upset.
How long to take it for
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
This medicine will not cure your condition but it does not cure it. It is important
to keep taking your medicine even if you feel well.
You may need to take Moxicam for a long time. Keep in touch with your doctor during
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose (e.g. within 2-3 hours) skip the dose you
missed and take the next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, then go back to taking it as you would
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13
11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you
think you or anyone else may have taken too much Moxicam. Do this even if there are
no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of an overdose with Moxicam may include:
nausea and/or vomiting
fits or seizures
low blood pressure
difficulty in breathing
While you are taking Moxicam
Things you must do
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist
that you are taking Moxicam.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacist who treat you that you are taking
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking
Moxicam can slow down blood clotting.
If you become pregnant while taking Moxicam, tell your doctor immediately.
If you get an infection while using Moxicam, tell your doctor.
Moxicam may hide some of the signs of an infection (e.g. pain, fever, redness and
swelling). You may think, mistakenly, that you are better or that the infection is
Things you must not do
Do not use Moxicam to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as
Do not stop taking your medicine or lower the dosage without checking with your doctor.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Moxicam affects you.
As with other NSAID medicines, Moxicam may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred
vision in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery
or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are taking Moxicam.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time
they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
stomach upset including nausea, vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, belching, cramps
constipation, diarrhoea or wind
'flu'-like symptoms, including runny or blocked nose, coughing, sore mouth or throat,
discomfort when swallowing
dizziness or light-headedness
skin rashes, which may be caused by exposure to sunlight, can blister and may take
on the appearance of a severe burn, or itching
increase in blood pressure
tinnitus, buzzing, ringing or other persistent noise in the ears.
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine. These side
effects are usually mild.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
any change in the amount or colour of your urine (red or brown) or any pain or difficulty
experienced when urinating
severe pain or tenderness in the stomach
collapse or fainting, shortness of breath or tiredness, chest pain, swollen or sore
yellowing of the skin and eyes, known as jaundice
flaking of the skin
swelling of your ankles, legs or other parts of your body
signs of anaemia, such as tiredness, being short of breath and looking pale
irritation of your mucous membranes (e.g. lips, mouth, eyes or genitals).
The above list includes serious side effects that may require medical attention. Serious
side effects are rare.
If any of the following happen, stop taking Moxicam and either tell your doctor immediately
or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
bleeding from your back passage (rectum), black sticky motions (stools) or bloody
swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may make swallowing or breathing difficult
asthma, wheezing or shortness of breath
sudden or severe itching, skin rash or hives
weakness in one part or side of your body, slurred speech or visual disturbances
The above list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention
or hospitalisation. These side effects are rare.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some people.
After taking Moxicam
Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the tablets out of the pack they will not keep well.
Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store Moxicam or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not
leave it on a window sill or in the car on hot days.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Moxicam, or your tablets have passed their
expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.
What it looks like
Moxicam tablets are available in two strengths: -
Moxicam 7.5mg - Light green / light green, size ‘2’ hard gelatin capsules filled with
light yellow coloured granules.
Moxicam 15mg - Light green/light yellow, size ‘2’ hard gelatin capsules filled with
light yellow coloured granules.
The active ingredient in Moxicam is meloxicam.
Each Moxicam 7.5 tablet contains 7.5 mg of meloxicam.
Each Moxicam 15 tablet contains 15 mg of meloxicam.
The tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients:
Brilliant Blue FCF
Sunset Yellow FCF
quinolone yellow (15 mg strength only)
Moxicam is supplied by:
Alphapharm Pty Limited
Level 1, 30 The Bond
30 - 34 Hickson Road
Millers Point NSW 2000
Australian registration numbers:
Moxicam 7.5 - AUST R 232584
Moxicam 15 - AUST R 232585
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