( piroxicam )
10 mg dark red and blue capsule
20 mg dark red capsule
To reduce inflammation; to reduce
For anti-inflammatory activity
and mild pain in rheumatoid arthritis, local conditions, and sometimes
cartilage degeneration ( osteoarthritis ).
One 20 mg tablet once daily. Do
not exceed this dosage. This is a long-acting drug, and it need be taken
only once daily.
The drug has been generally well
tolerated, although gastrointestinal symptoms including irritation of the
stomach lining do still occur, as well as nausea, indigestion, and
heartburn. Allergic reactions, including skin rashes and asthma, are very
rare. Peptic ulceration can occur, and hospitalization for gastrointestinal
bleeding is seen in 1% to 2% of those who take full doses for one year.
Since Feldene is so long-lasting, concern has been expressed that it might
be unusually toxic for elderly people or for people with liver or kidney
Some seven to twelve days are
required before the benefits of Feldene are apparent, and full benefits may
not be clear for six weeks or more. Aspirin should be avoided in general.
Dosage recommendations and indications for use in children have not been
established. Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis
prefer Feldene, particularly because of the convenience of once-a-day