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Feldene (piroxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) which relieves or prevents inflammation and pain. It works by inhibiting production of prostaglandins, chemicals in the body which contribute to pain, inflammation and stiffness.
Like other NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, Feldene may be used as-needed or continuously to manage chronic conditions. It is most often used long-term to provide relief from arthritis, often allowing patients to live virtually pain-free and resume normal daily activities. On an as-needed basis it may be used as other NSAIDs, to alleviate headaches, toothaches, menstrual pain so forth.
This product is sold under a variety of brand names depending on region, and is also widely available as a generic.
Getting the Most from Feldene
Dosage and administration with Feldene is similar regardless of whether the product is used short-term or long-term:
If using Feldene as-needed for acute pain:
If using Feldene long-term to treat chronic pain:
While similar to other NSAIDs in most regards, Feldene is a bit different in that the medication builds up in the body over the first week or two of use, during which time its pain- and inflammation-reducing properties become increasingly effective. Patients new to Feldene should use the product daily for at least 2 weeks before evaluating results.
Some other tips to ensure treatment is effective and trouble-free:
Some relief is typically felt within 15 to 30 minutes of taking a dose. It may take an hour for full effects to be felt when used as-needed; as mentioned above, it takes up to 12 days of regular use to realize maximum benefit when used long-term.
Duration of treatment in arthritis or other chronic conditions varies. Generally treatment may continue as long as benefits outweigh risks. Regular doctor checkups are advisable in long-term treatment to ensure adverse effects are not developing, particularly in elderly patients or those with major medical conditions.
Precautions & Adverse Effects
Side effects from Feldene are similar to those that may be encountered with any NSAID. Most side effects are mild and not cause for concern, including:
Because NSAIDs are so commonly used and widely available over-the-counter, many people don't realize they carry risk of serious adverse effects. Warning signs which warrant medical attention while taking Feldene, or any NSAIDs, include:
Some individuals are at greater risk of experiencing severe side effects, most notably those with a history of:
The above conditions do not necessarily rule out Feldene use, but potential risks should be discussed with a doctor before use.
No current Rx required
Medicines have benefits and some have risks. Always read the label and use only as directed. If symptoms persist or you have side effects see your health professional.