Meloxidyl 20 mg/ml solution for injection for cattle, pigs and horses 100 ml

For use in acute respiratory infection, diarrhoea, in the treatment of acute mastitis, in the relief of post-operative pain (cattle) in non-infectious locomotor disorders, in the treatment of puerperal septicaemia and toxaemia (pigs)

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Meloxidyl 20 mg/ml solution for injection for cattle, pigs and horses


One ml of Meloxidyl 20 mg/ml solution for injection contains:

Active substance: Meloxicam 20 mg Excipient:
Ethanol anhydrous 150 mg
For a full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. PHARMACEUTICAL FORM OF Meloxidyl 20 mg/ml

Solution for injection
Clear, colourless to yellowish solution.

4. CLINICAL PARTICULARS OF Meloxidyl 20 mg/ml

4.1 Target species

Cattle, pigs and horses

4.2 Indications for use, specifying the target species

For use in acute respiratory infection with appropriate antibiotic therapy to reduce clinical signs in cattle. For use in diarrhoea in combination with oral re-hydration therapy to reduce clinical signs in calves of over one week of age and young, non-lactating cattle.
For adjunctive therapy in the treatment of acute mastitis, in combination with antibiotic therapy. For the relief of post-operative pain following dehorning in calves.

For use in non-infectious locomotor disorders to reduce the symptoms of lameness and inflammation. For adjunctive therapy in the treatment of puerperal septicaemia and toxaemia (mastitis–metritis–agalactia syndrome) with appropriate antibiotic therapy.

For use in the alleviation of inflammation and relief of pain in both acute and chronic musculo-skeletal disorders.
For the relief of pain associated with equine colic.

4.3 Contraindications

See also section 4.7.
Do not use in horses less than 6 weeks of age.
Do not use in animals suffering from impaired hepatic, cardiac or renal function and haemorrhagic disorders, or where there is evidence of ulcerogenic gastrointestinal lesions.
Do not use in case of hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients.
For the treatment of diarrhoea in cattle, do not use in animals of less than one week of age.

4.4 Special warnings for each target species

Treatment of calves with Meloxidyl 20 minutes before dehorning reduces post-operative pain. Meloxidyl alone will not provide adequate pain relief during dehorning procedure. To obtain adequate pain relief during surgery co-medication with an appropriate analgesic is needed.

4.5 Special precautions for use

Special precautions for use in animals
If adverse reactions occur, treatment should be discontinued and the advice of a veterinarian should be sought.
Avoid use in very severely dehydrated, hypovolaemic or hypotensive animals which require parenteral rehydration, as there may be a potential risk of renal toxicity.
In case of inadequate relief of pain when used in the treatment of equine colic, careful re-evaluation of the diagnosis should be made as this could indicate the need for surgical intervention.

Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the veterinary medicinal product to animals
Accidental self-injection may give rise to pain. People with known hypersensitivity to non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should avoid contact with the veterinary medicinal product.
In case of accidental self-injection, seek medical advice immediately and show the package leaflet or the label to the physician.

4.6 Adverse reactions (frequency and seriousness)

In cattle and pigs, subcutaneous, intramuscular as well as intravenous administration is well tolerated; only a slight transient swelling at the injection site following subcutaneous administration was observed in less than 10 % of the cattle treated in clinical studies.
In horses, a transient swelling at the injection site can occur but resolves without intervention. In very rare cases anaphylactoid reactions may occur and should be treated symptomatically.

4.7 Use during pregnancy, lactation or lay

Cattle and pigs: Can be used during pregnancy and lactation.

Do not use in pregnant or lactating mares.
Do not use in horses producing milk for human consumption.

See also section 4.3.

4.8 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Do not administer concurrently with glucocorticosteroids, other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or with anti-coagulant agents.
4.9 Amounts to be administered and administration route

Single subcutaneous or intravenous injection at a dosage of 0.5 mg meloxicam/kg body weight (i.e. 2.5 ml/100 kg body weight) in combination with antibiotic therapy or with oral re-hydration therapy, as appropriate.

Single intramuscular injection at a dosage of 0.4 mg meloxicam/kg body weight (i.e. 2.0 ml/100 kg body weight) in combination with antibiotic therapy, as appropriate. If required, a second administration of meloxicam can be given after 24 hours.

Single intravenous injection at a dosage of 0.6 mg meloxicam/kg body weight (i.e. 3.0 ml/100 kg body weight).

Avoid introduction of contamination during use.

4.10 Overdose (symptoms, emergency procedures, antidotes), if necessary

In the case of overdose, symptomatic treatment should be initiated.

4.11 Withdrawal period(s)

Meat and offal: 15 days
Milk: 5 days

Meat and offal: 5 days

Meat and offal: 5 days.


Pharmacotherapeutic group: Antiinflammatory and antirheumatic products, non-steroids (oxicams) ATC vet code: QM01AC06

5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) of the oxicam class which acts by inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis, thereby exerting anti-inflammatory, anti-exudative, analgesic and antipyretic effects. It reduces leukocyte infiltration into the inflamed tissue. To a minor extent it also inhibits collageninduced thrombocyte aggregation. Meloxicam also has anti-endotoxic properties because it has been shown to inhibit production of thromboxane B2 induced by E. coli endotoxin administration in calves, lactating cows and pigs.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic particulars

After a single subcutaneous dose of 0.5 mg meloxicam/kg, Cmaxvalues of 2.1 μg/ml and 2.7 μg/ml were reached after 7.7 hours and 4 hours in young cattle and lactating cows, respectively.
After two intramuscular doses of 0.4 mg meloxicam/kg, a Cmax value of 1.9 μg/ml was reached after 1 hour in pigs.

More than 98 % of meloxicam is bound to plasma proteins. The highest meloxicam concentrations are to be found in liver and kidney. Comparatively low concentrations are detectable in skeletal muscle and fat.

Meloxicam is predominantly found in plasma. In cattle, meloxicam is also a major excretion product in milk and bile whereas urine contains only traces of the parent compound. In pigs, bile and urine contain only traces of the parent compound. Meloxicam is metabolised to an alcohol, an acid derivative and to several polar metabolites. All major metabolites have been shown to be pharmacologically inactive. The metabolism in horses has not been investigated.

Meloxicam is eliminated with a half-life of 26 hours and 17.5 hours after subcutaneous injection in young cattle and lactating cows, respectively.

In pigs, after intramuscular administration the mean plasma elimination half-life is approximately 2.5 hours.

In horses, after intravenous injection meloxicam is eliminated with a terminal half-life of 8.5 hours.

Approximately 50 % of the administered dose is eliminated via urine and the remainder via faeces.


6.1 List of excipients

Ethanol, anhydrous
Poloxamer 188
Macrogol 300
Sodium citrate
Sodium hydroxide (for pH adjustment)
Hydrochloric acid (for pH adjustment)
Meglumine Water for injections

6.2 Incompatibilities

None known.

6.3 Shelf life

Shelf-life of the veterinary medicinal product as packaged for sale: 30 months. Shelf-life after first opening the immediate packaging: 28 days.

6.4. Special precautions for storage

This veterinary medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.

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