Meloxicam is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to treat the following conditions:
- osteoarthritis in adults
- rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adults
- juvenile RA in certain children
Here are some details about meloxicam:
- Drug class: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
- Drug forms: oral tablet, oral capsule, and oral liquid suspension
- Brand-name versions: Anjeso* and Mobic
* Anjeso is approved to treat moderate to severe pain related to surgery. For more information, see the “Generic vs. brand-name” section below.
As with all medications, the cost of meloxicam can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
In addition, you may need to purchase an oral dosing syringe to use the oral suspension form of meloxicam.
To find out what the cost of meloxicam will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Note: If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers meloxicam. This means the company and your doctor will discuss meloxicam in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether the medication is covered. If a drug requires prior authorization and you start treatment without the prior approval, you could pay the full cost of the medication. You can ask your insurance company whether meloxicam requires prior authorization.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and meloxicam.
How much does meloxicam 15-mg tablet cost? Does it cost more than the 7.5-mg tablet?
Meloxicam tablets come in two strengths: 7.5 milligrams (mg) and 15 mg.
It’s possible that meloxicam 15-mg tablets could cost more than 7.5-mg tablets. However, the exact cost of meloxicam depends on several factors. These include your treatment plan, the pharmacy you use, and whether you have insurance.
To find out how the cost of meloxicam 7.5-mg tablets compares with 15-mg tablets, talk with your doctor. You can also check with your pharmacist or insurance provider.
What’s the cost of meloxicam without insurance vs. with insurance?
The cost of meloxicam without insurance is likely to be different than the cost with insurance. Factors other than insurance can also affect the price of meloxicam.
To find out the exact cost of meloxicam without insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Does meloxicam come as a syrup? If so, what’s the price of this form?
Yes, meloxicam is available as an oral liquid suspension. This form of meloxicam is sometimes called a “syrup.”
To find out the price of meloxicam oral suspension, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Meloxicam is a generic drug, which means it’s an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. A generic drug is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
Meloxicam is available as the brand-name drugs Anjeso and Mobic. Anjeso is also approved to treat moderate to severe pain related to surgery. However, the generic version of meloxicam is not approved for this use.
If your doctor has prescribed meloxicam and you’re interested in using Anjeso or Mobic instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one or the other.
To find out how the costs of these brand-name drugs compare with the cost of meloxicam, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you need financial support to pay for Meloxicam, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such organizations are:
These sites can provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and meloxicam, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to meloxicam. However, if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for meloxicam.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
- Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare coverage for drugs, see these articles about Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, drug coupons and Medicare, and the Medicare drug list.
- Save money. Explore this article for tips about how to save money on prescriptions.
- More details. For details about other aspects of meloxicam, refer to this article.
- Information about arthritis. For more information about your condition, our arthritis hub may be helpful.
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