Can you stop taking Meloxicam suddenly? 

Can you stop taking Meloxicam suddenly? 

Yes, you can stop Meloxicam suddenly. Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which is not a habit-forming medication and it does not have a high potential for addiction and abuse (1). 

Meloxicam is also not associated with causing any type of dependence, which is why this drug can be discontinued safely without any unwanted problems. 

However, people are different and they respond to medications differently. The conditions for which they take meds could also be different. 

As far as the effects of Meloxicam are concerned, it does not affect your body as most prescription painkillers do. This is why NSAIDs like Meloxicam, Celebrex, Naproxen, etc can be stopped without tapering them off. However, an individual’s response to NSAID withdrawal can vary.

Risks associated with abruptly stopping Meloxicam

There is no known risk associated with stopping Meloxicam as it does not cause any type of withdrawal symptoms. However, the current severity of your pain and how well Meloxicam is managing it can make a difference when you stop taking the medication. 

Sometimes, painkillers make pain undetectable and people might think that their pain is long gone. However, that may not be the case. Drug discontinuation sometimes causes a relapse of pain and this isn’t really ideal for someone who’s trying to wean off the painkiller. 

So, it’s best to talk to your healthcare provider before stopping Meloxicam, not because it causes withdrawal symptoms but because you should know the progress you have made so far. If your condition needs to be treated a little more, your doctor will advise you not to quit just yet. 

Who requires a gradual reduction of Meloxicam dosage? 

People who have been using Meloxicam for quite a long time or those who don’t need to stop it immediately can try dose reduction with this medication. 

People who have been taking high doses can also try that. Although you may not feel a thing upon abrupt Meloxicam withdrawal, it can be a safe way for you to stop taking the medication, especially if you have any underlying health condition. 

Alternatives to Meloxicam for pain relief

If you’re stopping Meloxicam because it isn’t working well enough for your pain, talk to your healthcare provider. There are plenty of other OTC and prescription NSAIDs that can help manage your pain. 

There are other prescription painkillers as well that can be more efficiently used for severe pain. Make sure you talk to your doctor or pharmacist about it. 

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National Library of Medicine. Meloxicam: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): U.S. National Library of Medicine; 2022 [cited 2023 Mar 7]. Available from: