Had Total Knee Replacement about 8 weeks ago. Took this for the 1st 4 weeks, and just got a refill. I had trouble with too much activity & twisiting (snow shovelling) If the meloxicam doesn't take away the pain, what OTC can I take with it?
Meloxicam and Aleve (naproxen) belong to the same class of drugs called Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
NSAIDs reduce swelling, soreness and minor pain and are often prescribed after minor surgery.
They can be used in combination with opioids for severe pain or with acetaminophen (Tylenol) for moderate pain not relieved by NSAIDs alone.
It is best not to take more than one type of NSAID at the same time as you increase your risk of experiencing side effects.
It would be safer for you to add Tylenol or even Tylenol with Codeine to your Meloxicam to help with the pain.
Do not take Aleve.
If the pain does not go away or gets worse see your doctor.
As the other posters have said, tylenol is the safest OTC medicine you can use right now. However, I hope you realize that shoveling snow this soon after having a total knee replacement was a really bad idea. I've had my knee replaced also and I know that your Dr and physical therapist would be ready to string you up for taking on that kind of activity! You need to slow down a bit before you do damage.
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