Asked by miss m
WHAT ARE THE RISKS FOR TAKEING MELOXICAM? AN HOW LONG SHOULD IT BE TAKEN FOR..
Like most drugs Meloxicam can produce a variety of side effects. The biggest concern seems to be bleeding in the stomach. Meloxicam is an NSAID and all NSAID's cause some stomach bleeding. Meloxicam actually causes less than most but its still a possible concern. This is why its best to take it with food or milk.
There are other potential side effects but they're all pretty rare. Meloxicam does reduce the swelling and inflammation in your joints which suggests that not taking it could lead to greater damage over time to your joints - something to consider.
Prescription drugs almost always come with tradeoffs such as perhaps more symptoms in one area but hopefully much reduced symptoms in another. You'll have to decide what is best for you in the long run.
I was unable to find any indication that long term use was especially harmful but that's really a question for your MD or your pharmacist.