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Feldene is a prescription medicine used to relieve pain, swelling, and joint stiffness from arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It contains an active ingredient called piroxicam. Piroxicam is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Feldene works by blocking the production of certain chemicals in the body that cause pain and inflammation. It is available in capsule form and should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider.
Uses and Dosage
Feldene (Piroxicam) capsules should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. This usually involves taking one capsule per day by mouth, with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters). To reduce the risk of stomach upset, take Feldene with food, milk, or an antacid. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this drug.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals. Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer time than prescribed. If you are taking Feldene on an as-needed basis, remember that pain medications work best if they are used as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the pain has worsened, the medication may not work as well. If you experience any unusual symptoms, you should consult your doctor immediately.
Common Side Effects of Feldene (Piroxicam):
- Abnormal liver function tests
- Difficulty urinating
- Upset stomach
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Itching or rash
- Ringing in the ears
Serious Side Effects of Feldene (Piroxicam):
- Bloody or tarry stools
- Blurred vision
- Clay colored stools
- Cold hands or feet
- Coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Dark urine
- Feeling light-headed
- Little or no urination
- Loss of appetite
- Pale skin
- Pounding in neck or ears
- Rapid weight gain
- Severe headache
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach pain
- Swelling especially in your feet or ankles
- Yellowing of skin or eyes (jaundice)
Form and Strength
Feldene (Piroxicam) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 10 mg
- 10 mg
- 20 mg
- Do not use it during pregnancy, particularly at the end of pregnancy, due to the risk of harming the fetus. It is not known if Feldene (Piroxicam) is excreted in breast milk.
- Drinking alcohol may increase the risk of stomach bleeding while taking Feldene (Piroxicam). You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication.
- Feldene (Piroxicam) can cause dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how it affects you.
- Feldene (Piroxicam) can interact with other medications, including other NSAIDs, blood pressure medications, and blood thinners. Make sure your healthcare provider knows about all the medications you are taking.
- Feldene (Piroxicam) may cause an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, especially with long-term use or in people with existing heart disease.
- It may affect bleeding time and increase the risk of bleeding, particularly in people with bleeding disorders.
- People with asthma or other breathing problems should use Feldene (Piroxicam) with caution, as it may worsen these conditions.
- People with kidney or liver disease should use Feldene (Piroxicam) with caution, as it can worsen these conditions.
- Piroxicam can cause stomach bleeding and ulcers. It is not recommended for people who have a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding, or who are taking blood thinners.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I take Feldene (Piroxicam) if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Feldene (Piroxicam) is not recommended during pregnancy, particularly at the end of pregnancy, due to the risk of harming the fetus. It is not known if Feldene (Piroxicam) is excreted in breast milk.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Feldene (Piroxicam)?
Drinking alcohol may increase the risk of stomach bleeding while taking Feldene (Piroxicam). You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication.
How long does it take piroxicam (Feldene) to work?
Piroxicam (Feldene) starts to work within an hour and is at peak levels in your blood within 3 to 5 hours after you take it. However, it may take several weeks for you to feel the full effects of this medication.
It's important to purchase Feldene from verified Canadian pharmacy.