All posts tagged: RA drug

Meloxicam

  Meloxicam is a drug I take for the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis.   I have been using it since 2/2013.   Without It,  my pain would be triple what it is.   Mobic is the trade name for meloxicam. Meloxicam is a prescription drug in a class of drugs called NSAIDs:  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Meloxicam helps relieve pain and reduce inflammation in active joints. It does not stop or slow the progression of the disease. The pill I take is tiny and yellow at 7.5mg. I take one in the morning and one at night. It is the maximum dose. It also comes in a 15mg pill that is taken once a day. It also comes in liquid form. My rheumatologist feels meloxicam is the safest drug in its class. Only one NSAID can be taken at a time. I  take omeprazole, 20mg. to protect my stomach.   NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding.  My rheumatologist says its possible to have stomach bleeding without realizing it. There are contraindications or cautions to taking NSAIDs. Heart disease, elevated …

RA and tramadol

Tramadol is an accepted treatment for the pain of RA. It is a synthetic opioid analgesic.  Some consider it safer than anti-inflammatory drugs for older people.  There is less a risk for cardiac problems and for stomach bleeding. Dr. R prescribed Tramadol for me three months ago when I was having pain problems. I am on 50mg every 8 hours. It definitely helps me. It is odd but I feel better on it. I have more energy. My pain levels are better. When I started it I was careful about driving. Now I take it when I get up, in the afternoon and in the evening. There are no issues with being drowsy. It is the opposite. I think more clearly. There is less of the methotrexate fog.