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MobicĀ® 7.5 mg tablets

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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their symptoms are the same as yours.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:

What MOBIC is and what it is used for
Before you take MOBIC
How to take MOBIC
Possible side effects
How to store MOBIC
Further information



MOBIC contains the active substance meloxicam. Meloxicam belongs to a group of medicines called
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which are used to reduce inflammation and pain in
joints and muscles.
MOBIC is used for the:
short-term treatment of flare-ups of osteoarthritis
long-term treatment of
rheumatoid arthritis
ankylosing spondylitis (also known as Bechterew's Disease)

Do not take MOBIC if any of the following apply:
during the last three months of pregnancy
children and adolescents under 16 years of age
allergy (hypersensitivity) to meloxicam
allergy (hypersensitivity) to aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAlDs)
allergy (hypersensitivity) to any of the other ingredients of MOBIC. (See section 6 "Further
information" for a list of other ingredients)
any of the following signs after taking aspirin or other NSAlDs:
wheezing, chest tightness, breathlessness (asthma)
nasal blockage due to swellings in the lining in your nose (nasal polyps)
skin rashes/nettle rash (urticaria)
sudden skin or mucosal swelling, such as swelling around the eyes, face, lips, mouth or
throat, possibly making breathing difficult (angioneurotic oedema)
after previous therapy with NSAIDs and history of
bleeding in your stomach or intestines
holes (perforations) in your stomach or intestines
ulcers or a bleeding in your stomach or intestines
recent or history of stomach or peptic ulcers or bleeding (ulceration or bleeding occurring at least

serious liver disease
serious kidney disease and not undergoing dialysis
recent bleeding in the brain (cerebrovascular bleeding)
any kind of bleeding disorders
severe heart failure
intolerance to some sugars as this product contains lactose (see also "Important information about
some of the ingredients of MOBIC")
If you are unsure whether any of the above apply to you, please contact your doctor.

Take special care with MOBIC
Medicines such as MOBrC may be associated with a small increased risk of heart attack (myocardial
infarction) or stroke (apoplexy). Any risk is more likely with high doses and prolonged treatment. Do not
take more than the recommended dose. Do not take MOBIC for longer than it is prescribed for you (see
section 3 "How to take MOBIC").
If you have heart problems, previous stroke or think that you might be at risk of these conditions, you
should discuss your treatment with your doctor or pharmacist. For example if you:
have high blood pressure (hypertension)
have high levels of sugar in the blood (diabetes mellitus)
have high levels of cholesterol in the blood (hypercholesterolemia)
are a smoker
If you develop severe allergic reactions, you should discontinue MOBIC at first appearance of skin rash,
lesions of soft tissues (mucosal lesions), or any other sign of allergy, and contact your doctor.
Stop your treatment with MOBIC immediately as soon as you notice bleeding (causing tar-coloured
stools) or ulceration of your digestive tract (causing abdominal pain).
MOBIC is not appropriate, if you require immediate relief from acute pain.
MOBIC may hide the symptoms of infection (e.g. fever). If you think you may have an infection you
should see your doctor.

Precautions for use
As it will be necessary to adjust the treatment, it is important to ask your doctor's advice before you take
MOBIC in case of:
history of inflammation of the gullet (oesophagitis), inflammation of the stomach (gastritis) or a
history of any other disease of the digestive tract, e.g. Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis
high blood pressure (hypertension)
older age
heart, liver or kidney disease
high levels of sugar in the blood (diabetes mellitus)
reduced blood volume (hypovolaemia) which may occur if you have a serious blood loss or bum,
surgery or low fluid intake
intolerance to some sugars diagnosed by your doctor as this product contains lactose
high potassium levels in the blood previously diagnosed by your doctor
Your doctor will need to monitor your progress whilst on treatment.

Taking other medicines
As MOBrC may affect or be affected by other medicines, please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are

taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
In particular please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking/have taken, or are using any of the
other NSAIDs
medicines which prevent blood clotting (e.g. warfarin, heparin)
medicines which break down blood clots (thrombolytics)
medicines to treat heart and kidney diseases
corticosteroids (e.g. used against inflammation or allergic reactions)
- cyclosporin - used after organ transplants, or for severe skin conditions, rheumatoid arthritis or
nephrotic syndrome
- tacrolimus - used after organ transplants or for severe skin conditions
any diuretic medicine ("water tablets")
Your doctor may monitor your kidney function if you are taking diuretics.
medicine to treat high blood pressure (e.g. Beta-blockers)
lithium - used to treat mood disorders
selective Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRls) - used in the treatment of depression
methotrexate - used to treat tumours or severe uncontrolled skin conditions and active rheumatoid
cholestyramine - used to lower cholesterol levels
if you are a woman who uses an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD), usually known as a coil
If in doubt, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

MOBIC may make it more difficult to become pregnant. You should inform your doctor if you are
planning to become pregnant or if you have problems to become pregnant.

If you become pregnant whilst using MOBIC, you should tell your doctor. During the first 6 months of
pregnancy only, your doctor may prescribe you this medical product if necessary.
During the last three months of pregnancy do not use this product, because MOBIC can have serious
effects on your unborn child, in particular heart, lung and kidney effects, even with only one dose.

The active ingredient of this medicine is known to pass into breast-milk.
recommended during breast-feeding.

This product IS not

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines
Visual disturbances, including blurred VISIon, dizziness, drowsiness, vertigo or other central nervous
system disturbances may occur with this product. If affected do not drive or operate machinery.

Important information about some of the ingredients of MOBIC
This product contains milk sugar (lactose). If you have been told by your doctor that you have an
intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.

Always take MOBIC exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.

The usual dose is:
Flare-ups of osteoarthritis:
7.5 mg (one tablet) once a day. This may be increased to 15 mg (two tablets) once a day.
Rheumatoid arthritis:
15 mg (two tablets) once a day. This may be reduced to 7.5 mg (one tablet) once a day.
Ankylosing spondylitis:
15 mg (two tablets) once a day. This may be reduced to 7.5 mg (one tablet) once a day.

The tablets should be swallowed with water, or another drink, during a meal.
Do not exceed the recommended maximum dose of 15 mg a day.

If any of the statements listed under the heading "Take special care with MOBIC" apply to you, your
doctor may restrict your dose to 7.5 mg (one tablet) once a day.
MOBIC should not be given to children and adolescents under 16 years of age.

If you feel that the effect of MOBIC is too strong or too weak, or if after several days you do not feel any
improvement in your condition, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

If you take more MOBIC than you should

Whether you have taken too many tablets or suspect an overdose, contact your doctor or go
to your nearest hospital immediately
Symptoms following acute NSAID overdose are usually limited to:
lack of energy (lethargy)
feeling sick (nausea) and being sick (vomiting)
pain in the area of the stomach (epigastric pain)
These symptoms generally get better when you stop taking MOBIC. You may suffer from bleeding of the
stomach or intestines (gastrointestinal bleeding).
Severe poisoning may result in serious drug reaction (see section 4.):
high blood pressure (hypertension)
acute kidney (renal) failure
liver (hepatic) dysfunction
reductionlflattening or stopping of breathing (respiratory depression)
loss of consciousness (coma)
seizures (convulsions)
collapse of the blood circulation (cardiovascular collapse)
stopping ofthe heart (cardiac arrest)
immediate allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions, including:
shortness of breath
- skin reactions

If you forget to take MOBIC
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Just take the next dose at the usual time.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Like all medicines, MOBIC can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Stop taking MOBIC and consult a doctor or your nearest hospital immediately if you notice:
Any allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions, which may appear in the form of:
skin reactions, such as itching (pruritus), blistering or peeling of the skin, which can be severe
(Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis), lesions of soft tissues (mucosal lesions)
or erythema multiforme.
Erythema multiforme is a serious allergic skin reaction causing spots, red welts or purple or blistered
areas. It can also affect the mouth, eyes and other moist body surfaces.
swelling of skin or mucosa, such as swelling around the eyes, face and lips, mouth or throat, possibly
making breathing difficult, swollen ankles or legs (oedema of the lower limbs)
shortness of breath or asthma attack
inflammation ofthe liver (hepatitis). This can cause symptoms such as:
- yellowing of the skin or the eyeballs Uaundice)
- pain in the abdomen
- loss of appetite
Any side effects of the digestive tract, especially:
bleeding (causing tar-coloured stools)
ulceration of your digestive tract (causing abdominal pain)
Bleeding of the digestive tract (gastrointestinal bleeding), formation of ulcers or formation of a hole in the
digestive tract (perforation) may sometimes be severe and potentially fatal, especially in elderly.
If you have previously suffered from any symptoms of the digestive tract due to long term use of
NSAIDs, seek medical advice immediately, especially if you are elderly. Your doctor may monitor your
progress whilst on treatment.

If affected by visual disturbances do not drive or operate machinery.

Side effects of meloxicam - the active substance of MOBIC
Very common: affects more than 1 in 10 patients receiving the medicine
indigestion (dyspepsia)
feeling sick (nausea) and being sick (vomiting)
abdominal pain
loose stools (diarrhoea)

Common: affects less than 1 in 10 patients receiving the medicine
Uncommon: affects less than 1 in 100 patients receiving the medicine
dizziness (light-headedness)
a feeling of dizziness or spinning (vertigo)
somnolence ( drowsiness)
anaemia (reduction of the concentration ofthe red blood pigment haemoglobin)
increase in blood pressure (hypertension)
flushing (temporary redness of the face and neck)
sodium and water retention
increased potassium levels (hyperkalaemia). This can lead to symptoms such as:
changes to your heartbeat (arrhythmias)

palpitations (when you feel your heartbeat more than usual)
muscle weakness
inflammation of the stomach (gastritis)
inflammation of the mouth (stomatitis)
skin rash
swelling caused by fluid retention (oedema)
momentary disturbance of liver function tests (e.g. raised liver enzymes like transaminases or an
increase ofthe bile pigment bilirubin). Your doctor can detect these using a blood test.
disturbance of laboratory tests investigating kidney (renal) function (e.g. raised creatinine or urea)

Rare: affects less than 1 in 1,000 patients receiving the medicine
mood disorders
abnormal blood count, including:
abnormal differential blood count
decreased number of white blood cells (leucocytopenia) which may lead to increased risk of
decreased number of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia) which may lead to increased risk of
bleeding or bruising
ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
feeling your heartbeat (palpitations)
inflammation ofthe gullet (oesophagitis)
nettle rash (urticaria)
visual disturbances including:
blurred vision
conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eyeball or eyelids)
inflammation of the large bowel (colitis)
Very rare: affects less than 1 in 10,000 patients receiving the medicine
acute failure of the kidneys (renal failure) in particular in patients with risk factors such as heart
disease, diabetes or kidney disease.
Other side effects (frequency not known)
shortness of breath and skin reactions (anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions) rashes caused by
exposure to sunlight (photosensitivity reactions)
heart failure (cardiac failure) has been reported in association with NSAID treatment
complete loss of specific types of white blood cells (agranulocytosis), especially in patients who take
MOBIC together with other drugs that are potentially inhibitory, depressant or destructive to a
component of the bone marrow (myelotoxic drugs). This can cause:
sudden fever
sore throat

General side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs)
The use of some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be associated with a small
increased risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction) or stroke (apoplexy), particularly at high doses and
in long term treatment.
The following side effects have been reported after NSAID administration:
vomiting of blood (haematemesis)
worsening of inflammation of the digestive tract (e.g. exacerbation of colitis or Crohn's disease)

Side effects caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs), but not yet
seen after taking MOBIC

Changes to the kidney structure resulting in acute kidney failure:
very rare cases of kidney inflammation (interstitial nephritis)
death of some of the cells within the kidney (acute tubular or papillary necrosis)
protein in the urine (nephrotic syndrome with proteinuria)
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep out ofthe reach and sight of children.
Do not use MOBIC after the expiry date which is stated on the blister strip and outer carton. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.
Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask a pharmacist how to dispose
of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

What MOBIC contains:
The active substance is:
one tablet contains 7.5 mg meloxicam.
The other ingredients are:
sodium citrate
lactose monohydrate
microcrystalline cellulose
anhydrous colloidal silica
magnesium stearate
(see also "Important information about some of the ingredients of MOBIC" in Section 2.)

What MOBIC looks like and contents of the pack
MOBIC is a light yellow, round tablet with the company logo on one side and 590/590 on the other side.
Each MOBIC has a score line. The score line is only to facilitate breaking for ease of swallowing and not
to divide into equal doses.
MOBIC is available in PVC/PVOC/Aluminium blister packs.

Pack sizes: Packs of I, 2, 7, 10, 14, 15,20, 28, 30, 50, 60, 100, 140,280, 300, 500, 1000 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Other strengths of MOBIC and other ways to take meloxicam
In some countries meloxicam is also available as:
meloxicam 15 mg tablets
meloxicam 7.5 mg suppositories
meloxicam 15 mg suppositories
meloxicam 15 mg per 1.5 mL solution for injection.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer


Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
0-55216 Ingelheim am Rhein
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
Binger StraBe 173
0-55216 Ingelheim am Rhein
Boehringer Ingelheim Ellas A.E.
5th km Paiania - Markopoul0
194 00 Koropi

This leaflet was last revised in 07/2012.


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