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Piroxicam Description

Piroxicam Description

Generic Name : PIROXICAM

Pronunciation : (peer ox' i kam)

Trade Name(s) : Amida, Brexic, Dolonex, Felcam DT, Flexar, Flexar DT, Micropec, MinicamD.T, Mobidin, Modact, Movon-20, Pericam, Pirox, Roxicap-DT, Suganril, Toldin

Why it is prescribed: Piroxicam relieves the pain and stiffness caused by certain types of arthritis. It also has been used to relieve menstrual pain and pain after surgery and childbirth.

When it is to be taken: Piroxicam usually is taken once a day for arthritis. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor to explain any part that you do not understand. You may have to take this drug regularly for several weeks before feeling its full effect on arthritis symptoms.

How it should be taken: Piroxicam comes in capsules. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose.

Special Instruction :
1. Take only the amount of medication prescribed. If you think that you need more to relieve your symptoms, contact your doctor.
2. Piroxicam can cause dizziness. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
3. Your doctor may order laboratory tests. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory.
4. If you forget to take a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if you remember a missed dose near the time you are to take the next dose, take only the regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose.

Side Effects :
1. Upset stomach, nausea. Take the medication with a light snack. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. If these symptoms continue or are severe, contact your doctor.
2. Dizziness, headache, drowsiness, rash, ringing in the ears, swelling of feet and lower legs. Contact your doctor.

Other Precautions :
1. Before you take piroxicam, tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially lithium, anticoagulants, aspirin, other arthritis medications, and oral medicine for diabetes.
2. Tell your doctor if you ever had gastritis or bleeding from the stomach or rectum, ulcers, diverticulitis, kidney disease, heart disease, or high blood pressure.
3. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should tell their doctors.
4. If you ever had a bad reaction to aspirin or other arthritis medications, tell your doctor before taking piroxicam.
5. Do not take aspirin while taking piroxicam unless your doctor directs you to do so.
6. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.

Storage Conditions :
1. Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children.
2. Store it at room temperature, away from light and excess heat.

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