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What is Piroxicam used for?

Piroxicam is used to relieve inflammation, swelling, and joint stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Piroxicam?

The dosage of Piroxicam prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Piroxicam with a full glass of water. To avoid stomach upset, take this medicine with food.

What if you miss a dose of Piroxicam?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Piroxicam medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Piroxicam?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Piroxicam, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Piroxicam?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Piroxicam.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Piroxicam, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Piroxicam can interact with blood pressure medications and anticoagulants.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Piroxicam?

Like other medicines, Piroxicam can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Piroxicam are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Piroxicam cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Piroxicam develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Piroxicam can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, dizziness, gas, heartburn, itching, loss of appetite, constipation, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Piroxicam.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Piroxicam?

Is it possible for me to take Piroxicam with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Piroxicam?
What are the possible drug interactions of Piroxicam?
How will Piroxicam work in my body?
How should Piroxicam be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Piroxicam drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Piroxicam is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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