In the busy world of today, we come across situations when we just can’t take a break from work or some very important task that could lead to devastating results if left undone. In such situations, joint pain or mild injuries serve to be more than just annoying. They prove to be a severe hindrance in completing the task. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are just the right medicines to relieve us from such situations, and enable us to continue our work with full efficiency.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are medicines which are used to relieve pain, inflammation (swelling), and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, primary dysmenorrhea, athletic injury or post surgery dental pain. Movatec is one such prominent medicine. It is prescribed by doctors all over the world due to its analgesic (pain relieving) and antipyretic (fever reducing) capabilities. Movatec is also used for treating children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (a type of arthritis that occurs in children under two years of age).
The human body contains a chemical called prostaglandin, which is responsible for stimulation of pain nerve cells, fever and inflammation. It is produced by an enzyme in the body called Cyclo-oxygenase. There are two isoforms of this enzyme in the body, namely Cyclo-oxygenase-1 and Cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-I and COX-II respectively). COX-I is essential for the maintenance and smooth running of certain functions such as kidney function, cardiovascular function, gastrointestinal function, liver function etc, whereas COX-II is responsible for the production of prostaglandin (the pain stimulant chemical). Movatec is COX-II selective inhibitor, which means that it only affects COX-II enzyme and thus controls the production of prostaglandin – without causing any harm to functions pertinent to COX-I.
As Movatec does not affect COX-I, especially when consumed in small doses, it is relatively more secure and has less cardiovascular and gastrointestinal side effects than other members of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) family. The active substance in Movatec is “Meloxicam” which belongs to the class of drugs called enolic acid group, and was developed by Boehringer-Ingelheim (a German pharmaceutical company established in 1885).
The effective dosage for Movatec is around 7.5mg a day, and has a relatively longer effectiveness period than other members of the NSAID family. Excess dosage should be avoided as it can cause harm to gastrointestinal and cardiovascular functions. Possible side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, sore throat, cough and vomiting. In rare situations it can cause serious liver disease.
People who are allergic to NSAIDs or have a history of allergic reactions or asthma attacks should avoid using Movatec. Also, it should not be used during the last three months of pregnancy, and other medicines such as aspirins and alcohol should be avoided while using Movatec as it may increase the risk of ulcer formation.
This article is for informational purposes only. For further instructions on Movatec consult with your doctor.
Possible side effects:
- abdominal pain