What to do if Meloxicam is not working anymore? 

What to do if Meloxicam is not working anymore? 

Talk to your healthcare provider if you don’t feel Meloxicam working anymore to manage your pain and inflammation. Some people may begin to feel their pain getting stronger while taking a painkiller, and they should report this to their doctor. 

There are a number of reasons why it could happen, and a simple change like dose escalation can fix it. However, it’s not something for you to decide on your own and it’s best to seek medical attention for better management of your symptoms. 

Reasons Meloxicam may stop working

Some reasons may cause your Meloxicam to not work as well as it did when you first started taking the medication. The most common ones include:

  • You’re not taking it properly 
  • Your health condition is progressing 
  • Your dose is not sufficient enough 
  • You’re building tolerance against the drug
  • You’re taking another medication that’s interfering with Meloxicam 

You’re not taking it properly

Your Meloxicam will not work well enough if you’re not taking the medication according to your doctor’s directions. For the management of chronic pain, Meloxicam should be taken regularly. 

I have personally seen a lot of such cases where patients start to take Meloxicam on alternative days without talking to the doctor, just because it doesn’t feel right to take it every day. 

They think they’re protecting their bodies from unwanted harm that way, but what they are actually doing is harming their body even more by mismanaging their condition. This is why you should always take your meds as properly as you can to make the most out of them. 

It is also important to discuss the best time of the day to take Meloxicam according to your symptoms and to make sure that you take it in a way that helps prevent the common gastrointestinal side effects – like taking Meloxicam with food or not lying down immediately after taking it

Your health condition is progressing 

You may not feel your Meloxicam working well if your pain is progressing. Some people may need stronger painkillers. Mild painkillers may help your pain for some time, but as the condition progresses, the pain grows severe and can’t be controlled by your current painkiller. 

This is why you need to discuss the ineffectiveness of Meloxicam with your doctor as soon as you can, for better management of your condition. 

Your dose is not sufficient enough 

Sometimes, the dosage strength of Meloxicam is not as high as it should be. Since it’s an NSAID, most doctors keep the dosage strength as low as they possibly can prevent gastrointestinal adverse events that are common with NSAIDs (1). 

High-dose Meloxicam can help you if you use this med occasionally, but long-term use of high doses can cause significant gastrointestinal damage over time. So, reach out to your healthcare provider and make sure your dose is high enough to manage your condition effectively. 

You’re building tolerance against the drug

Building tolerance against Meloxicam is not that common, but it could be the case for some people. If you’re developing tolerance against this medication, your doctor may increase your dose if possible. 

If not, your doctor will most likely switch you to another medication for better pain relief. 

You’re taking another medication that’s interfering with Meloxicam

There are some medications that may interfere with the way Meloxicam absorbs and cause a decreased bioavailability of this medication. Some hormonal medications may cause such an effect. 

It’s best to reach out to your healthcare provider and make sure you’re not currently taking any other medication that may make your Meloxicam ineffective. 

Alternatives to Meloxicam 

There are plenty of other painkillers that can easily replace Meloxicam. There are other OTC and prescription NSAIDs that your doctor may ask you to take if you do well on NSAIDs. 

The best alternative to Meloxicam depends on the condition you have, as there are plenty of other choices. So, make sure you consult your doctor and properly follow the instructions. 

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