Feldene is an anti-inflammation medication that is classified as a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). The generic version of this medicine is manufactured in various forms such as tablets, capsules, which are available only upon prescription and a gel which is available without a prescription. It contains 5 % of the active ingredient of the medicine which is piroxicam.
Although the exact working mechanism of Feldene is still not understood, it is believed that it may work by blocking certain enzymes that cause inflammation. Hence due to the way this medicine works it is not suitable for certain people.
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two main conditions treated by Feldene. It helps to reduce the swelling of joints, stiffness and pain associated with this condition.
Important safety information
If you are going to undergo any surgery or commence any other treatment then you have to tell to a doctor that you are taking Feldene.
A person who takes the drug for a prolonged period of time or with higher dosage strengths, it is likely that he or she would experience abdominal or intestinal bleeding, stomach ulcers and this could be fatal.
Side effects are very common in people who smoke and consume alcohol. Even if you take this medication along with a meal, the risk of developing side effects is still the same.
Take Feldene only with dosage strength that is prescribed for you.
There are chances that this medication would reduce the number of platelets in the body. When this happens, the blood does not easily clot after an injury. In this case, it is better to avoid playing any sport or doing any activities that would cause any cuts on the skin.
Elderly patients are more vulnerable in developing ill effects because of this medication. If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, it is wise to avoid taking Feldene at this period and would commence the treatment later with the help of a doctor.
One must avoid involving in activities that can cause injuries easily, for example, serious sports and intense physical activity. This is because Feldene reduces the rate of healing of the body so it takes a long time for the blood to clot.
Dosage and Administration
Feldene is available in the dosage strength of 20 mg. Ask your doctor on which is your suitable dose. If you are prescribed with 10 mg then split the medication and take it. People who suffer from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can take the dosage strength either 20 mg once in a day or 10 mg twice in a day.
Feldene tablets must be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. Taking lot of water reduces the possibility of formation of kidney stones. The medicine must not be taken in higher doses than what is recommended for your condition. Higher dose is known be very fatal for many people. Any missed dose must be taken immediately as soon as one recalls forgetting the dose. But if it is almost close to your next interval the medicine can be skipped.
Feldene can cause skin conditions that are severe and exhibit symptoms such as peeling and blistering. It is also known to cause fluctuations in the blood pressure so one must get regular checkups when they are using this medicine.
Feldene is also notorious for causing certain eye problems. So even regular eye checkups are in order. Other common side effects include nausea, depression, lightheadedness, pain in the stomach, heart burn and bowel problems. People who take higher dose of this pill however, are more prone to stomach ulcers and bleeding.
What drugs interact with Feldene?
Aspirin is one of the main pills that interact with the functioning of this drug. Apart from that cholestyramine, anticoagulants, ACE inhibitors (Angiotensin-converting enzyme), probenecid and bisphosphonates also interact with this medicine. While some of them decrease the efficiency of feldene, there are chances that this medication may reduce the effectiveness of other drugs too. So avoid suffering any side effects and inform your doctor about all the pills that you consume on a daily basis.