What is ZC 26 pill?
The yellow, round pill with the imprint ZC 26 has been identified as Meloxicam 15 mg. It is supplied by Zydus Pharmaceuticals. ZC 26 pill is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints) and rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints). Meloxicam is also used to relieve the pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Meloxicam is in a class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It works by stopping the body’s production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.
How to use ZC 26 pill
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking meloxicam and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take ZC 26 pill by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Drink a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) with it unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this drug.
If you are taking the liquid form of this medication, shake the bottle gently before each dose. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
If you are taking the disintegrating tablet, do not remove the tablet from the packaging until you are ready to take it. With dry hands, peel back the foil to carefully remove the tablet. Do not push the tablet through the foil because doing so can damage it. Place the tablet on your tongue right away and allow it to dissolve. After the tablet has melted, it can be swallowed with or without liquid.
If stomach upset occurs while taking this medication, take it with food, milk, or an antacid. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. The lowest effective dosage should always be used, and only for the prescribed length of time. Do not take more of this medication than prescribed because higher doses increase the chance of stomach ulcers/bleeding.
It may take up to two weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day.
What are the Side Effects of ZC 26 pill?
Common side effects of ZC 26 pill include:
- abdominal pain,
- flu-like symptoms,
- sore throat,
- upper respiratory tract infection,
- skin rash,
- joint pain,
- back pain,
- urinary frequency, and
- urinary tract infection.
ZC 26 pill may interact with ACE inhibitors, aspirin, cholestyramine, furosemide and thiazides, lithium, methotrexate, and warfarin. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using meloxicam.
ZC 26 pill should not be used in the later stages of pregnancy as it can harm a fetus. It is unknown if meloxicam passes into breast milk. Because of the potential for adverse effects on a nursing infant, breastfeeding while using meloxicam is not recommended.