Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with analgesic and fever reducer effects. It is a derivative of oxicam, closely related to piroxicam, and falls in the enolic acid group of NSAIDs.It was developed by Boehringer-Ingelheim. It inhibits cyclooxygenase (COX), the enzyme responsible for converting arachidonic acid into prostaglandin H2-the first step in the synthesis of prostaglandins, which are mediators of inflammation and leads to a decrease of the synthesis of prostaglandins, therefore, inflammation is reduced.
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