Piroxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) used to treat pain and reduce symptoms of arthritis. However, despite its efficiency in relieving symptoms, it does not cure arthritis.
Piroxicam prevents the body from producing specific natural substances that trigger inflammation. When determining whether or not to use a medicine, the dangers must be balanced against the benefits. Given the risks associated with NSAIDs, ask your doctor about utilising alternative medications to relieve pain.
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Role in medicine
Apart from addressing symptoms of arthritis, Piroxicam can be prescribed for gouty arthritis (attacks of severe joint pain and swelling). It can also treat ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis mainly affecting the spine).
Your medical condition and your response to treatment determine the appropriate dosage. The medication is taken orally, generally once a day, with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 millilitres). After using this medication, wait at least 10 minutes before lying down. Take this medication with food, milk, or an antacid to avoid stomach distress.
Taking medicine at the lowest effective dose for the shortest time reduces gastrointestinal bleeding and other harmful effects. Using too much of this medicine may increase the chance of fatal and non-fatal effects.
Precautions & Warnings
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) applies its most serious caution—the black box warning—on the medicine. Black box warnings alert doctors and patients about side effects that may be dangerous. Long-term use in high doses may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. It may lead to fatal stomach and intestinal haemorrhaging as well as ulcers.
Some of the common side effects of Piroxicam are as follows:
The severe side effects of the Piroxicam include:
- Allergic reaction of the skin characterised by swelling of the face, lips or tongue
- Heart attack or stroke
- Kidney damage with reduced urination and swelling of arms or legs
- Stomach problems, such as ulcers and internal bleeding,
- Liver problems characterised by yellowing of the skin, lethargy, flu-like symptoms, itching and pain in the upper part of the stomach.
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