Clinical data
Trade names Mobic
AHFS/ Monograph
MedlinePlus a601242
  • AU: C
  • US: C (Risk not ruled out)
Routes of
ATC code M01AC06 (WHO)
Legal status
Legal status
  • AU: S4 (Prescription only)
  • UK: POM (Prescription only)
  • US: ℞-only
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 89%[1]
Protein binding 99.4%[1]
Metabolism Hepatic (CYP2C9 and 3A4-mediated)[1]
Biological half-life 20 hours[1]
Excretion Urine and faeces equally[1]
CAS Number 71125-38-7 YesY
PubChem (CID) 5281106
DrugBank DB00814 YesY
ChemSpider 10442740 YesY
KEGG D00969 YesY
ECHA InfoCard 100.113.257
Chemical and physical data
Formula C14H13N3O4S2
Molar mass 351.403 g/mol
3D model (Jmol) Interactive image
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Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with analgesic and fever reducer effects. It is a derivative of oxicam, closely related to piroxicam, and falls in the enolic acid group of NSAIDs.[2] It was developed by Boehringer-Ingelheim. Meloxicam starts to relieve pain about 30–60 minutes after administration.[3]

As of 2015 the cost for a typical month of medication in the United States is less than 25 USD.[4]

Side effects

Meloxicam use can result in gastrointestinal toxicity and bleeding, headaches, rash, and very dark or black stool (a sign of intestinal bleeding). Like other NSAIDs, its use is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke.[5] It has fewer gastrointestinal side effects than diclofenac,[6] piroxicam,[7] naproxen,[8] and perhaps all other NSAIDs which are not COX-2 selective.[6] Although meloxicam inhibits thromboxane A, it does not appear to do so at levels that would interfere with platelet function.

A pooled analysis of randomized, controlled studies of meloxicam therapy of up to 60 days duration found that meloxicam was associated with a statistically significantly lower number of thromboembolic complications than the NSAID diclofenac (0.2% versus 0.8% respectively) but a similar incidence of thromboembolic events to naproxen and piroxicam.[9]

Cardiovascular side effects

Persons with hypertension, high cholesterol, or diabetes are at risk for cardiovascular side effects. Persons with family history of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke must tell their treating physician as the potential for serious cardiovascular side effects is significant.[10][11]

Mechanism of action

Meloxicam blocks cyclooxygenase (COX), the enzyme responsible for converting arachidonic acid into prostaglandin H2—the first step in the synthesis of prostaglandins, which are mediators of inflammation. Meloxicam has been shown, especially at its low therapeutic doses, selectively to inhibit COX-2 over COX-1.[1]

Meloxicam concentrations in synovial fluid range from 40% to 50% of those in plasma. The free fraction in synovial fluid is 2.5 times higher than in plasma, due to the lower albumin content in synovial fluid as compared to plasma. The significance of this penetration is unknown,[2] but it may account for the fact that it performs exceptionally well in treatment of arthritis in animal models.[12]

Veterinary use

Meloxicam is also used in the veterinary field, most commonly in dogs and cats, but also sees off-label use in other animals such as cattle and exotics.[13][14] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a Notice of Violation to the manufacturer for its promotional materials which included promotion of the drug for off-label use.[15] In the U.S. the drug is indicated for management of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs only. In Europe, where the product has been available since the early 1990s, it is also prescribed and licensed for other anti-inflammatory benefits including relief from both acute and chronic pain in dogs. Side effects in animals are similar to those found in humans; the principal side effect is gastrointestinal irritation (vomiting, diarrhea, and ulceration). Rarer but important side effects include liver and kidney toxicity.

Since 2003, the oral (liquid) formulations of meloxicam have been licensed in the U.S. for use in dogs only,[16] with the January 2005 product insert specifically warning in bold-face type: "Do not use in cats."[17] An injectable formulation for use in dogs was approved by the FDA in November 2003,[18] with a formulation for cats, for surgical use only, approved in October 2004.[19]

In the U.S., per the manufacturer's clinical instructions as of July 2010, injectable meloxicam is indicated in operative use with felines as a single, one-time dose only, with specific and repeated warnings not to administer a second dose.[20] In June 2007, a new oral version of meloxicam was licensed in Europe for the long-term relief of pain in cats. As of June 2008, meloxicam is registered for long-term use in cats in Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. A peer-reviewed journal article cites feline overdose of NSAIDs, including meloxicam, as being a cause of severe kidney damage in cats.[21]

The pharmacokinetics of meloxicam have been investigated in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus).[22]

Meloxicam has been investigated as an alternative to Diclofenac by the RSPB to prevent deaths of vultures.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Noble, S; Balfour, JA (March 1996). "Meloxicam.". Drugs. 51 (3): 424–30; discussion 431–32. doi:10.2165/00003495-199651030-00007. PMID 8882380.
  2. 1 2 "Meloxicam official FDA information, side effects, and uses". March 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  3. Auvinet, B; Ziller, R; Appelboom, T; Velicitat, P (November–December 1995). "Comparison of the onset and intensity of action of intramuscular meloxicam and oral meloxicam in patients with acute sciatica.". Clinical Therapeutics. 17 (6): 1078–98. doi:10.1016/0149-2918(95)80086-7. PMID 8750399.
  4. Hamilton, Richart (2015). Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2015 Deluxe Lab-Coat Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning. p. 9. ISBN 9781284057560.
  5. Stamm O, Latscha U, Janecek P, et al. (January 1976). "Development of a special electrode for continuous subcutaneous pH measurement in the infant scalp". Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 124 (2): 193–5. PMID 2012.
  6. 1 2 Hawkey, C; Kahan, A; Steinbrück, K; Alegre, C; Baumelou, E; Bégaud, B; Dequeker, J; Isomäki, H; et al. (Sep 1998). "Gastrointestinal tolerability of meloxicam compared to diclofenac in osteoarthritis patients". Rheumatology. 37 (9): 937–945(9). doi:10.1093/rheumatology/37.9.937.
  7. Dequeker, J; Hawkey, C; Kahan, A; Steinbrück, K; Alegre, C; Baumelou, E; Begaud, B; Isomäki, H; et al. (1998). "Improvement in gastrointestinal tolerability of the selective cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitor, meloxicam, compared with piroxicam: results of the Safety and Efficacy Large-scale Evaluation of COX-inhibiting Therapies (SELECT) trial in osteoarthritis". The British Journal of Rheumatology. 37 (9): 946–51. doi:10.1093/rheumatology/37.9.946. PMID 9783758.
  8. Wojtulewski, JA; Schattenkirchner, M; Barceló, P; Le Loët, X; Bevis, PJR; Bluhmki, E; Distel, M. "A Six-Month Double-Blind Trial to Compare the Efficacy and Safety of Meloxicam 7.5 mg Daily and Naproxen 750 mg Daily in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis". Rheumatology. 35, Supplement 1: 22–8. doi:10.1093/rheumatology/35.suppl_1.22.
  9. Singh, G; Lanes, S; Triadafilopoulos, G (2004). "Gastrointestinal tolerability of meloxicam compared to diclofenac in osteoarthritis patients". Am J Med. 117 (9): 100–6. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2004.03.012. PMID 15234645.
  10. "Medline Plus". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  11. "". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  12. Engelhardt, G; Homma, D; Schlegel, K; Utzmann, R; Schnitzler, C (Oct 1995). "Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic and related properties of meloxicam, a new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent with favourable gastrointestinal tolerance". Inflammation Research. 44 (10): 423–433. doi:10.1007/BF01757699. PMID 8564518.
  13. Off-label use discussed in: Arnold Plotnick MS, DVM, ACVIM, ABVP, Pain Management using Metacam, and Stein, Robert, Perioperative Pain Management Part IV, Looking Beyond Butorphanol, Sep 2006, Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia Support Group.
  14. For off-label use example in rabbits, see Krempels, Dana, Hind Limb Paresis and Paralysis in Rabbits, University of Miami Biology Department.
  15. US FDA Notice of Violation for off-label use promotion, April 2005.
  16. "NADA 141-213: New Animal Drug Application Approval (for Metacam (meloxicam) 0.5 mg/mL and 1.5 mg/mL Oral Suspension)" (PDF). US Food and Drug Administration. April 15, 2003. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
  17. Metacam Client Information Sheet, product description: "Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for oral use in dogs only", and in the "What Is Metacam" section in bold-face type: "Do not use in cats.", January 2005.
  18. "Metacam 5 mg/mL Solution for Injection" (PDF). Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  19. "Metacam 5 mg/mL Solution for Injection, Supplemental Approval" (PDF). October 28, 2004. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  20. See the manufacturer's FAQ on its website, and its clinical dosing instructions for cats.
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  22. Kimble, B.; Black, L. A.; Li, K. M.; Valtchev, P.; Gilchrist, S.; Gillett, A.; Higgins, D. P.; Krockenberger, M. B.; Govendir, M. (2013). "Pharmacokinetics of meloxicam in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) after intravenous, subcutaneous and oral administration". Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 36 (5): 486–493. doi:10.1111/jvp.12038. PMID 23406022.
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