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What Is Piroxicam?

Piroxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It blocks certain inflammatory compounds produced in the body in addition to reducing pain and fever. Piroxicam works by lowering the levels of prostaglandin, a hormone that causes inflammation. Piroxicam is sold under the brand name Feldene. It is taken as an oral capsule. Sometimes, it may interact with other medications like herbs and vitamins. This can make the drug more harmful and prevent its effectiveness. You should consult a doctor to understand how the drug may interact with other medications.

What Are The Uses Of Piroxicam?

Piroxicam is commonly used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It reduces joint stiffness, swelling, and pain associated with arthritis. Sometimes, it is also used for treating gouty arthritis, a condition where the accumulation of certain compounds in the joint causes pain and swelling. We can also use this medicine to treat ankylosing spondylitis. Doctors also prescribe Piroxicam for relieving menstrual pain, muscle pain, and pain after childbirth. You should talk to your doctor about the risks associated with using this medicine for your concerns.

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What Are The Side Effects Of Piroxicam?

Piroxicam can cause side effects. These include:

  • Constipation.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Ringing in the ears.
  • Gas.

You should consult your doctor if these symptoms do not go away.

Sometimes, Piroxicam can lead to serious side-effects like intestinal or stomach bleeding. It also increases the risk of a stroke or a heart attack. These can become fatal. Thus, it is advisable not to use Piroxicam before or after bypass surgery.

If you experience any serious side effects of the medication, call your doctor immediately. Do not consume the medicine further.

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FAQ's

1. Does Piroxicam Cause Weight Gain?

Yes, Piroxicam causes rapid weight gain. It is one of the side effects of the medication. In case of severe side effects such as intestinal bleeding, please contact your doctor or emergency room immediately.

2. How Long Can You Take Piroxicam?

Piroxicam is usually taken once or twice daily. The number of doses and the time between the doses will depend on your medical condition. You should take the medicine as directed by your doctor or physician. Do not take more or less than the prescribed amount, as excessive medication intake can lead to unwanted side effects.

3. How Long Does It Take For Piroxicam To Work?

Piroxicam starts working within 1-week of its intake. However, in some cases, it can take almost 2-weeks before effects are noticed, and you feel better. After several weeks, you may begin to notice the complete effects of Piroxicam. The medicine helps to control the symptoms of your condition. But, it will not necessarily cure all the symptoms.

4. Can I Take Piroxicam And Naproxen Together?

You should avoid taking Piroxicam and Naproxen together, as this combination can increase the risk of side effects like bruising and bleeding. Since there is potential for a significant interaction between the drugs, close monitoring by a doctor is required. This is essential to counteract the side effects of the combination.

5. Is Piroxicam A Narcotic?

Piroxicam is a non-narcotic pain reliever. It is used for relieving mild to moderate pain. It is used to relieve pain associated with injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. The best pain relievers are opioids, but they can cause addiction. Thus, doctors prefer to prescribe non-narcotics like Piroxicam. These are prescribed at high doses to relieve the pain associated with the condition.

6. Can Piroxicam Cause Seizures?

Piroxicam can cause seizures under rare circumstances. Although seizures will not always occur after taking Piroxicam, immediate medical treatment or consultation by the doctor is required if they do.

7. Is Piroxicam A Painkiller?

Yes. Piroxicam acts as a painkiller. It relieves pain and inflammation. Piroxicam is used to resolve pain in many conditions, such as arthritis. It is also used for general use, such as menstrual cramps, injuries, etc. The doctor has to prescribe a recommended amount to help relieve the pain.

8. Is Piroxicam Stronger than Ibuprofen?

Studies have found both drugs to be equally effective in relieving pain. The patients of each drug also experience minor side effects in most scenarios. But, Piroxicam has to be administered once daily as compared to ibuprofen which requires multiple doses. This difference gives a practical advantage to Piroxicam over Ibuprofen.

9. Who Should Not Take Piroxicam?

People who are older than 65-years of age should not take the medicine as it increases their chances of acquiring severe side effects of the condition. Patients of coronary artery bypass surgery should not consume this medicine for relieving pain as this can increase the chances of a stroke or a heart attack.

10. Does Piroxicam Make You Sleepy?

Piroxicam capsules do not cause drowsiness. But, they can cause other side effects. These include constipation, diarrhea, etc. People younger than 18-years should avoid taking this medicine. In case of severe side effects, you should immediately consult your doctor. This is necessary to mitigate further the adverse effects of the medication, which can be fatal in specific scenarios.

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