Active Ingredient History
Meloxicam (brand name Mobic) is an nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with analgesic and antipyretic properties. Mobic is indicated for the relief of the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and has been available in the U.S. since June 2000. The mechanism of action like that of other NSAIDs, is not completely understood but involves inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX-1 and COX-2). Meloxicam concentrations reached during therapy have produced in vivo effects. Prostaglandins sensitize afferent nerves and potentiate the action of bradykinin in inducing pain in animal models. Prostaglandins are mediators of inflammation. Because meloxicam is an inhibitor of prostaglandin synthesis, its mode of action may be due to a decrease of prostaglandins in peripheral tissues. MOBIC is contraindicated in patients who have experienced asthma, itching or allergic type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs. Severe, rarely fatal, anaphylactic-like reactions to NSAIDs have been reported in such patients. As with all NSAIDs, serious GI toxicity such as inflammation, bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach, small intestine, or large intestine can occur at any time, without symptoms. As with other NSAIDs, meloxicam is not indicated for prevention of thromboembolic events and is not a substitute for aspirin or other drugs indicated for cardiovascular prophylaxis. It was developed by Boehringer Ingelheim and is co-marketed with Abbott Laboratories. 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 NCATS
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