Mel OD 15mg Tablet

Manufacturer: Zydus Cadila
Medicine composition: Meloxicam
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Mel OD 15mg Tablet helpful in relieving of signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, and is known as an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). It thus reduces pain, stiffness of the bones and swelling as well.

Mel OD 15mg Tablet should be taken exactly as prescribed by your medical professional. The drug should be taken orally, along with a glass of water, unless discourage by your doctor. Avoid lying down for about 10 minutes just after consuming a dose.

The drug is available in both tablet and liquid form. In case you are taking liquid Mel OD 15mg Tablet, make sure that you shake the bottle before each dose. Use a measuring device to ensure that you take the precise dose as prescribed. Avoid using a tablespoon or teaspoon in this case.

If you suffer from a bad stomach because of Mel OD 15mg Tablet, it is best that the drug is taken along with milk or food. An antacid may also help relieve the symptoms of a stomach upset.

While using this medication, do not use alcohol, excessive amounts of vitamin C, or salicylate-containing foods (curry powder, prunes, raisins, tea, or licorice), other prescription or OTC medications containing aspirin or salicylate, or other NSAIDs without consulting prescriber.

A few common side effects related to Mel OD 15mg Tablet are stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea and dizziness. The drug can also cause high blood pressure, thus doctors generally advise regular BP checks to patients taking Mel OD 15mg Tablet. If the side effects tend to get severe inform the doctor and seek relevant treatment.

Maintain adequate hydration (2-3 L/day of fluids unless instructed to restrict fluid intake). You may experience nausea, vomiting, gastric discomfort (frequent mouth care, small frequent meals, chewing gum, sucking lozenges may help).

If self-administered, use exactly as directed (do not increase dose or frequency); adverse reactions can occur with overuse. GI bleeding, ulceration, or perforation can occur with or without pain.

Stop taking medication and report ringing in ears; persistent cramping or pain in stomach; unresolved nausea or vomiting; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; unusual bruising or bleeding (mouth, urine, stool); skin rash; unusual swelling of extremities; chest pain; or palpitations.

Symptoms of overdose include lethargy, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and epigastric pain. Rarely, severe symptoms have been associated with NSAID overdose including apnea, metabolic acidosis, coma, nystagmus, seizures, leukocytosis, and renal failure.

Management of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) intoxication is supportive and symptomatic. Since Mel OD 15mg Tablet undergoes enterohepatic cycling, multiple doses of charcoal may be needed to reduce the potential for delayed toxicities. Cholestyramine has been shown to increase Mel OD 15mg Tablet clearance.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Rheumatologist before using this medicine.

The most common use of this medication is:

  • Hypersensitivity

Following are some of the common side effects that may occur:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Taking Mel OD 15mg Tablet with alcohol can increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Mel OD 15mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. It may cause premature closure of the ductus arteriosus in the third trimester of pregnancy. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    It is not known whether Mel OD 15mg Tablet is excreted in human milk. Due to a potential for serious adverse reactions, the manufacturer recommends that a decision be made whether to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    No dose adjustment is needed for patients with the mild to moderate renal disease. Not advisable in patients with the severe renal disease.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    No specific adjustment is recommended in hepatic impairment; patients with severe hepatic impairment have not been adequately studied. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    This drug will remain active for about 15 - 20 hours.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The effect of this drug will be initiated within 30 - 45 minutes after its administration.

Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Mel OD 15mg Tablet , and hence can be used as its substitute.

  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Mel OD 15mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

This medication belongs to the class of is an anti-inflammatory drug with analgesic and antipyretic characteristics. It works by preventing prostaglandin synthetase. As a result prostaglandin synthesis is stopped. The halting of this synthesis could be associated with analgesic and antipyretic effects of the drug.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    • Ace inhibitors: Antihypertensive effects of ACE inhibitors may be diminished by NSAID administration.
    • Anticoagulants (warfarin, heparin, LHWHs) in combination with NSAIDs can cause increased risk of bleeding.
    • Antiplatelet drugs (ticlopidine, clopidogrel, aspirin, abciximab, dipyridamole, eptifibatide, tirofiban) can cause an increased risk of bleeding.
    • Aspirin increases serum concentrations (AUC) of Mel OD 15mg Tablet (in addition to potential for additive adverse effects); concurrent use is not recommended.
    • Cholestyramine (and possibly colestipol) increases the clearance of Mel OD 15mg Tablet.
    • Corticosteroids may increase the risk of GI ulceration; avoid concurrent use.
    • Cyclosporine: NSAIDs may increase serum creatinine, potassium, blood pressure, and cyclosporine levels; monitor cyclosporine levels and renal function carefully.
    • Hydralazine's antihypertensive effect is decreased; avoid concurrent use.
    • Lithium levels can be increased; avoid concurrent use if possible or monitor lithium levels and adjust dose. When NSAID is stopped, lithium will need adjustment again.
    • Loop diuretic's efficacy (diuretic and antihypertensive effect) may be reduced by NSAIDs.
    • Antihypertensive effects of thiazide diuretics are decreased; avoid concurrent use.
    • Warfarin INRs may be increased by Mel OD 15mg Tablet. Monitor INR closely, particularly during initiation or change in dose. May increase risk of bleeding. Use lowest possible dose for shortest duration possible.
  • Interaction with Disease

    Gastrointestinal irritation, ulceration, bleeding, and perforation may occur with NSAIDs. Serious complications may occur without prior symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Use with caution in patients with a history of GI disease (bleeding or ulcers), decreased renal function, hepatic disease, congestive heart failure, dehydration, hypertension, or asthma. Use with caution in elderly patients. Anaphylactoid reactions may occur, even with no prior exposure to Mel OD 15mg Tablet. Use in advanced renal disease is not recommended. May alter platelet function; use with caution in patients receiving anticoagulants or with hemostatic disorders. Safety and efficacy in pediatric patients have not been established.
  • Interaction with Food

    It should be taken with food or milk to minimize gastrointestinal irritation

Ques: What is Mel OD 15mg Tablet?

Ans: Mel OD 15mg Tablet helps in the treatment of arthritis, and is known as a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). It thus reduces pain, stiffness of the bones and swelling as well.

Ques: What are the uses of Mel OD 15mg Tablet?

Ans: Mel OD 15mg Tablet acid used for the treatment of-
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Gout

Ques: What are the side effects of this Mel OD 15mg Tablet?

Ans: A few common side effects related to Mel OD 15mg Tablet are stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea and dizziness.

Ques: How long do I need to use Mel OD 15mg Tablet before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: This medication is to be taken till the time you see an improvement in your health conditions.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Mel OD 15mg Tablet?

Ans: This medication should be taken in the dosage as prescribed by the doctor.

Ques: Should I use Mel OD 15mg Tablet empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication should be taken after food in a prescribed dosage.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Mel OD 15mg Tablet?

Ans: This medication should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original packaging. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets.

Ques: How is this Mel OD 15mg Tablet administered?

Ans: This medication is administered orally.
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