MELOXIAURO™ 7.5 & 15
Consumer Medicine Information
Meloxicam 7.5 mg and 15 mg tablets
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about MELOXIAURO. It does not contain all
available information, nor does it take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
MELOXIAURO against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again later.
What MELOXIAURO is used for
MELOXIAURO is used to treat the symptoms of:
Both diseases mainly affect the joints causing pain and swelling.
Although MELOXIAURO can relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation, it will not cure your
MELOXIAURO 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 about why MELOXIAURO has been prescribed
Your doctor may have prescribed MELOXIAURO for another reason.
Before you take it
When you must not take it
Do not take MELOXIAURO if you have an allergy to:
any medicine containing meloxicam;
the active ingredient, meloxicam, or any of the other ingredients in MELOXIAURO (all of
these ingredients are listed at the end of this leaflet).; or
aspirin or any other NSAIDs.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
shortness of breath;
wheezing or difficulty breathing;
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body; or
rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Ask your doctor if you are unsure if you are allergic to these ingredients.
Do not take MELOXIAURO 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;
you have a galactose intolerance;
you currently have a peptic (stomach) ulcer;
you have had inflammation of the lining of the stomach or bowel (e.g. Crohn’s Disease or
you have severe liver or kidney problems; or
you are currently taking other medicines known as: sulfinpyrazone (used to treat gout),
fluconazole (used to treat fungal infections) or certain sulfur antibiotics (e.g. sulfaphenazole
Do not breast-feed if you are taking this medicine.
The active ingredient in MELOXIAURO passes into breast milk and there is a possibility that your
baby may be affected.
Do not give MELOXIAURO 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 MELOXIAURO 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 MELOXIAURO, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, food, preservative or dyes.
You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have or have had any of the following
high blood pressure or fluid retention;
heartburn, indigestion, ulcers or other stomach problems;
kidney or liver disease; or
asthma or any other breathing problems.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are using an IUD for
Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking it during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you currently have an infection.
MELOXIAURO 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 MELOXIAURO.
Taking other medicines
Before taking MELOXIAURO, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other
medicines, including medicines that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy,
supermarket or health food shop.
There may be interference between MELOXIAURO and some medicines. These include:
aspirin, salicylates or other NSAIDs;
medicines used to thin your blood (such as warfarin, heparin and ticlopidine);
medicines used to treat high blood pressure and other heart problems such as 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 (a painful joint disease) and
some types of cancer;
cyclosporin, a medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and certain problems with the
terfanadine and astemizole, medicines used to prevent or relieve the symptoms of allergy,
such as hay fever or insect stings;
medicines to treat diabetes;
cholestyramine, a medicine used to treat high cholesterol levels in the blood;
corticosteroids, medicines usually used to treat inflammatory conditions, such as skin
rashes and asthma;
some medicines used to treat infections (e.g. erythromycin, sulfur antibiotics, ketoconazole,
some medicines used to treat irregular heartbeats (e.g. amiodarone and quinidine); or
pemetrexed, a medicine used in the treatment of certain lung cancers.
These medicines may be affected by MELOXIAURO or may affect how well it works. You may
need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need different medicines.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while
How to take it
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
How much to take
For the treatment of osteoarthritis
The usual dose of MELOXIAURO 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 15 mg taken as a single dose each day.
For the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
The usual dose of MELOXIAURO is 15 mg taken as a single dose each day.
Depending on your response, your doctor may reduce the dose to 7.5 mg taken as a single dose
The maximum recommended daily dose of MELOXIAURO is 15 mg.
For patients with kidney problems undergoing dialysis, the maximum recommended daily dose is
Ask your doctor for more information if you have been advised to take a different dose.
How to take it
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water.
When to take it
Try to take MELOXIAURO at the same time each day, either morning or evening.
Taking MELOXIAURO at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you
remember when to take it.
Take your medicine with or straight after food.
This may help reduce the possibility of stomach upset.
How long to take it
Continue taking MELOXIAURO for as long as your doctor tells you.
MELOXIAURO helps control your condition, but does not cure it. It is important to keep taking your
medicine even if you feel well.
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, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some
If you have taken too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for
advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you think that you or
anyone else may have taken too much MELOXIAURO. Do this even if there are no signs of
discomfort or poisoning.
Signs of an overdose with MELOXIAURO may include:
nausea and/or vomiting;
drowsiness and/or dizziness;
fits or seizures;
low blood pressure;
difficulty in breathing;
impaired consciousness; or
While you are taking it
Things you must do
If you are about to start any new medicines, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you
are taking MELOXIAURO.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking
MELOXIAURO can slow down blood clotting.
If you become pregnant while taking MELOXIAURO, tell your doctor immediately.
If you get an infection while using MELOXIAURO, tell your doctor.
MELOXIAURO 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 not serious.
Things you must not do
Do not take MELOXIAURO 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 you.
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 MELOXIAURO affects you.
As with other NSAID medicines, MELOXIAURO 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
This medicine helps most people but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All
medicines have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may
need medical attention 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
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you have any problems while taking
MELOXIAURO, even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or
are not listed in this leaflet.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
stomach upset including nausea, vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, belching, cramps or pain;
flu-like symptoms, runny or blocked nose, cough, sore mouth or throat, discomfort when
constipation, diarrhoea or wind;
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; or
tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine. These side effects are
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;
collapse or fainting, shortness of breath or tiredness, fast or irregular heartbeat (also called
palpitations), chest pain, swollen or sore leg veins;
severe pain or tenderness in the stomach;
flaking of the skin;
yellowing of the skin and eyes (known as jaundice);
swelling of your ankles, legs or other parts of your body;
signs of anaemia (such as tiredness, being short of breath and looking pale); or
irritation of your mucous membranes (e.g. lips, mouth, eyes or genitals).
These are rare but serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.
immediately or go to Emergency at your nearest hospital:
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds;
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; or
weakness in one part or side of your body, slurred speech, blurred vision or visual
Not all of these side effects have been reported with MELOXIAURO but have been seen with
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some people.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
After taking it
Keep you tablets in their pack until it is time to take them.
If you take them out of their packaging, they will not keep well.
Keep MELOXIAURO in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C and
protected from light.
Do not store MELOXIAURO in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill
or in a car.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep your tablets where children cannot reach them.
A locked cupboard at least one-and one-half metres above the ground is a good place to store
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your
pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
What it looks like
MELOXIAURO (7.5 & 15 mg meloxicam) is presented in blister packs* of 30 or 60 tablets.
MELOXIAURO 7.5 (AUST R 188881)
Light yellow, round, uncoated tablet with score line between ‘F’ and ‘1’ debossed on one side and
plain on the other side.
MELOXIAURO 15 (AUST R 188878)
Light yellow, round, uncoated tablet with score line between ‘F’ and ‘2’ debossed on one side and
plain on the other side.
Each tablet may contain either 7.5 mg or 15 mg of meloxicam.
colloidal anhydrous silica; and
MELOXIAURO does not contain gluten or sucrose.
*Some of these pack sizes are not marketed.
Sponsor/Marketing Authorisation Holder
Aurobindo Pharma Australia Pty Ltd
6 Eastern Road
Distributed by Eris Pharmaceuticals (Australia) Pty Ltd
Toll free telephone (Australia): 1800 233 588
This leaflet was prepared in November 2015