What's a small yellow pill with M 66 on one side

Not Medical Advice: A small, round, yellow pill with M 66 imprint has been identified as Meloxicam 7.5 mg.

Meloxicam is an anti-inflammatory drug with analgesic and fever reducer effects. It is used to relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis, inflammatory conditions, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, primary dysmenorrhea and more.

In the news, how would you know if your medicine was putting you at risk for heart disease? It came as a great shock to doctors and patients alike in 2004 when the medicine Vioxx was linked to heart attacks and unceremoniously pulled off pharmacy shelves. This arthritis drug was promoted as less likely to cause serious digestive-tract complications compared with other pain relievers such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam and naproxen.

It was later discovered that other popular pain relievers, including Celebrex, diclofenac and ibuprofen, also could raise the risk of heart problems. Find out more here.

Updated on Thursday, August 08 2013 at 10:17AM EDT
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