Last update July 18, 2022


Likely Compatibility

Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.

It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), selective inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) that is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Oral administration once daily.

At latest update, relevant information on excretion into breast milk was not found.

Due to a high serum-protein-binding capacity, excretion into breast milk seems to be unlikely.

Expert authors consider the use of meloxicam to be probably safe during breastfeeding (Briggs 2015). A similar agent, piroxicam, is classified as compatible with breastfeeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Until more information on this drug is available, another know therapeutic alternative should be preferred, especially in cases of breastfeeding an infant younger than one month or prematures.


  • Celecoxib (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Ibuprofen (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Paracetamol (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)
  • Piroxicam (Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

M01AC06 is Meloxicam in ATC Code/s.

Is written in other languages:


Main tradenames from several countries containing M01AC06 in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 89 %
Molecular weight 351 daltons
Protein Binding > 99.5 %
VD 0.14 - 0. 21 l/Kg
pKa 4.47 -
Tmax 2 - 6 hours
20 hours


  1. Boehringer. Meloxicam. Drug Summary. 2014 Full text (in our servers)
  2. AEMPS. Meloxicam. Ficha técnica. 2012 Full text (in our servers)
  3. Türck D, Roth W, Busch U. A review of the clinical pharmacokinetics of meloxicam. Br J Rheumatol. 1996 Abstract

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