Author(s): EullerZiegler L, Vlicitat P, Bluhmki E, Trck D, Scheuerer S,
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Abstract This paper reviews published studies on the intramuscular use of meloxicam in acute rheumatic conditions. Data were obtained from 68 healthy volunteers and >800 patients with conditions such as arthritis, sciatica and lumbago who were treated with intramuscular injections of meloxicam compared with oral formulations. Intramuscular meloxicam appears to have a more rapid onset of action than oral meloxicam in acute inflammatory rheumatism. Local tolerance of im meloxicam was consistently good in both volunteers and patients, with respect to creatine phosphokinase levels and local reactions. Meloxicam im was also superior to other drugs such as piroxicam with respect to local tolerance. The incidence of adverse events, including gastrointestinal events, was low. Therefore, im meloxicam is an alternative to achieve rapid relief of acute pain in patients with acute inflammatory rheumatism. However, the recurrent use of im meloxicam is not recommended and patients should be switched to the oral formulation for chronic use.
This article was published in Inflamm Res
and referenced in Journal of Bioanalysis & Biomedicine