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Low-Dose Meloxicam (Vivlodex) for Osteoarthritis Pain
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The FDA has approved Vivlodex (Iroko), a low-dose formulation of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug meloxicam (Mobic, and generics), for management of osteoarthritis pain. According to the manufacturer, the new formulation aligns with stronger FDA warnings about the cardiovascular risks of NSAIDs and the recommendation to use the lowest possible doses of these drugs.1

STANDARD TREATMENT — Acetaminophen is generally the first-line pharmacologic treatment for osteoarthritis pain. Full doses of NSAIDs are more effective than full doses of acetaminophen, but NSAIDs have many more adverse effects, especially in elderly patients. Intra-articular injection of a corticosteroid is a reasonable alternative. Opioids can be used as a last resort for treatment of intractable osteoarthritis pain.2

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