About topical piroxicam
|Type of medicine||Topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)|
|Used for||Treating pain and swelling due to strains and sprains, or arthritis in joints|
|Also called||Feldene® gel|
Piroxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (also known as an NSAID). It is used topically (applied directly onto the skin) to ease muscular pains, sprains, strains or arthritis pain in the hands or knees.
It works by being absorbed through the skin into the underlying tissues where it prevents the production of chemicals which cause pain and inflammation.
Before using topical piroxicam
Before using topical piroxicam make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have ever had an unusual reaction after taking or using any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen.
- If you suffer from asthma or breathing problems.
- If you have kidney or liver problems.
How to use topical piroxicam
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
- Apply a thin layer of gel and gently massage it into the affected area only. Wash your hands well afterwards.
- Your doctor or pharmacist will recommend how often and for how long to use topical piroxicam, but this is usually 3 or 4 times a day and for no more than 4 weeks unless on your doctor's advice.
- Do not use topical piroxicam near your eyes, inside your nose, or let it come into contact with any inflamed or broken skin.
- Do not use this gel on any area that is covered by a bandage, dressing or sticking plaster.
- If you forget to apply piroxicam at your usual time, apply it as soon as you remember.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Piroxicam may cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunlight during treatment. Do not use sunbeds, and protect any treated areas from strong sunlight.
Can topical piroxicam cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who use this gel||What can I do if I experience this|
|Itching or reddening of the skin at the site of application||If this is severe, stop using topical piroxicam|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this gel, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store piroxicam
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 60th Edition (September 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
- Manufacturer’s PIL, Feldene® Gel; Manufacturer’s PIL, Feldene® Gel, Pfizer Limited, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated October 2007.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 23/03/2011||Document ID: 1190 Version: 23||© EMIS|
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